On April 2 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan, AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, signed the agreement whereby AIBA formally adopted the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Yun Fun Tseng, Executive Director of the Olympia Foundation, and Mr. Kent Lu, President of the Olympism Society.
President Wu used the opportunity to comment on the ongoing commitment of both AIBA, the IOC and the IWG to promoting women in sport.
"It is very appropriate that AIBA has signed the Brighton Declaration in 2012. 2012 is a landmark year in the development of women's boxing. This summer, in London, women boxers will compete in the Olympic Games for the first time. This will be a proud moment for all women boxers and for AIBA", President Wu said.
"AIBA has worked hard to develop the sport of women's boxing so that our association's dream of seeing women boxers feature in the Olympic program would become a reality. AIBA recognizes the great work being done by the IOC and the International Working Group on Women in Sport to promote women's sport and we are keen to do as much as we can to support their endeavours."
"The Brighton Declaration is an important document for the promotion of women's sport and AIBA is delighted to be amongst the signatories. AIBA is committed to upholding and supporting the 10 principles set out in the Declaration".
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London 36 women boxers will compete across three weight categories. 3 of those women will make history by becoming the first ever female boxers to win an Olympic gold medal. The AIBA Women's World Championships, which will be held in Qinhuangdao, China from May 9 - May 20, serve as the qualifying event for the Olympic Games.
About the IWG and the Brighton Declaration
The International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) (http://www.iwg-gti.org/) was established in 1994 at the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport held in Brighton. The Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport was the result of this conference. The Declaration is based on 10 Principles: Equity and Equality in Society and Sport; Facilities; School and Junior Sport; Developing Participation; High Performance Sport; Leadership in Sport; Education, Training and Development; Sports Information and Research; Resources; Domestic and International Cooperation. The overriding aim of the Brighton Declaration is to develop a sporting culture that enables and values the full involvement of women in every aspect of sport. The next IWG world conference will be held in Helsinki, Finland in 2014.
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