The opening ceremony of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships took place in Delhi on Wednesday evening, kicking off in style what is set to be ten days of first-class action inside the ring. Boxers flying the flags of the 62 competing countries paraded around the two gleaming rings of the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium at the Indira Gandhi Sport Complex.
India’s 5-times World Champion Mary Kom and Somalia’s Ramla Ali swore the boxer’s oath on behalf of the 277 athletes taking part on the event before Mr Ajay Singh, President of the Indian Boxing Federation, welcomed the delegations and AIBA President Mr Gafur Rahimov declared the championships open.
“The 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships is really important for us, as women’s boxing development is a central part of AIBA’s DNA. But it is also important to remember that we are starting a new era at boxing. One that is focused on ensuring that our athletes are provided with the necessary support to achieve greatness in and out of the ring”, said AIBA President Mr Rahimov.