With the success of women's boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Asian Boxing Confederation aims to build on the huge growth in interest by continuing the development of the sport by giving it a starring role at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.
Mr. Aziz Kozhambetov, the ASBC Executive Director, met with Mr. Kim Young Soo, the President of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee, at the venue for these Games in South Korea. AIBA Executive Director Mr. Ho Kim and Mr. David Francis, Technical Delegate, were also in attendance at the meeting held at the Incheon Tower.
Women boxers will once again be able to compete in the three Olympic weight classes at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games following the great success of the previous edition in Guangzhou, China. Asia has always been the leading continents when it comes to women's boxing and it aims to maintain that position up until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 2014 Incheon Asian Games will be held from September 19 to October 4 in 2014, shortly after the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Women's boxing has been on the official program of the Asian Games since Guangzhou 2010 when 34 boxers competed for medals for the very first time. During the event, it was a complete domination by the Chinese athletes as Ren Cancan's, Dong Cheng's and Li Jinzi's all secured victories on home soil. Since then new regions have embraced women's boxing with Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Laos, Syria and Jordan launching new initiatives to attract more women to the sport. The Panamerican Games and Commonwealth Games both now also have women's boxing on their official program, demonstrating the rapid growth and expansion of the sport.
Developing boxing nations such as Indonesia also launched its new program in order to get to speed with all the other nations on the continent. Jordan made history at the London 2012 Olympic Games with Ihab Al-Matbouli becoming their first ever boxer to compete at the Olympics, winning his preliminary contest, the country will now aim to clinch some medals in Incheon in 2014.
The meetings in Incheon were very fruitful with all parties extremely pleased with how the various topics had been approached, with discussions on competition venue, the schedule of the Asian Games, venue operations, athletes village, the roles and the volunteers as well many other issues.
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