The boxing competition of the 2014 Commonwealth Games ended in Glasgow showcasing the excitement and underlining the progress being made by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry were among the thousands who packed out the SECC Arena during the Games where 13 gold medals were being contested.
The AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part in the Commonwealth Games and made the boxing competition such a great spectacle.”
“Nothing provokes more pride than to see how these competitions have captured the imagination of sports fans and even members of the British Royal family. Commonwealth Games 2014 success underlines progress AIBA as the governing body for the world of boxing is making”
Among those to emerge victorious were the popular London 2012 gold medallist Nicola Adams, who beat Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh in the flyweight final and the AIBA President believes the Women’s Boxing competition has built on its success at London 2012 to confirm its importance on the world stage.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for women’s boxing, with the sport truly beginning to blossom following landmark inclusion in the London 2012 Olympic Games. We witness the birth of new personalities who lead our effort to bring the women boxing at the top of any other women sports,” – underlined AIBA President.
Finally, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu commented on head guards removal polemics: “Boxing is a contact sport and of course the boxers are going through an adjustment as we move to a consistent format for our competitions. As spectators will confirm, the changes AIBA are instigating are for the long term benefit of the sport and all to participate in it.”