KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: The general assembly of the Arab Boxing Federation has endorsed the calendar for the upcoming sports season 2020/2021; and assigned the organization of the Arab Men’s Boxing Championship, which will be held in October, to the Kuwaiti Boxing Federation.
The general assembly held recently at Kuwait Plaza Hotel was chaired by Arab Boxing Federation President Dr Yousef Al-Kazem, with official from the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Dr Muhammad Mustasan and members of the federation’s assembly in attendance.
The assembly also endorsed Kuwaiti representative and Secretary General of the Boxing Federation Salem Al-Azmi as member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Federation. The assembly praised the excellent organization of the junior championship, confirming its success by all standards.
Meanwhile, Kuwaiti boxer Shabab Al-Qahtani qualified for the finals in the 46 kilograms category after defeating Dagbry Ayman (Algeria) in a thrilling match until the last moments of the third round.
In addition, the outcome of the semis witnessed the qualification of eight boxers from Algeria to the finals, six from Egypt, four each from Syria and Iraq, two from Tunisia and a Moroccan boxer. Based on these results, Algeria becomes the first candidate to win the first place in the championship, while the competition for the second and third places is between Egypt, Iraq and Syria.
The semis also witnessed dissatisfaction over the results by several participating teams. Nevertheless, Head of Kuwaiti Boxing Federation Mohamed Mansi appreciated the confidence of the general assembly of the Arab Federation in supporting the organization of the next men’s championship for Kuwait. He stressed that this trust is appreciated by members of the board and all personnel in the federation, calling for more work and development in the coming months.
Mansi pointed out the success achieved by the junior championship came in cooperation with the Public Authority for Sports and its officials who are keen on overcoming obstacles to ensure the best possible hosting. This is in addition to the approval of the Board of Directors of Sulaibikhat Sports Club headed by Saad Annad on hosting the Arab Championship and putting the club’s facilities at the disposal of the federation.
On the other hand, three-time Asian champion and the sixth Los Angeles Olympics Ismail Salman said the Arab Junior Championship has produced a number of distinguished talents and this promises a bright future for Arab boxing.
In addition, official of the International Boxing Federation Dr Muhammad Mustasan praised the good organization and hospitality by the Kuwaiti Boxing Federation and all committees in charge of the championship headed by Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee Muhammad Mansi.
Mustasan stressed that the first Arab Boxing Championship for juniors achieved great organizational and technical success. “We witnessed high technical levels heralding a promising future for Arab boxing. I was very happy with the number of non-Arab talents, especially from Kuwait. I hope to continue caring for these boxers to contribute to efforts to put Arab boxing on the map of global competitions,” he added.
He asserted that Arab boxing needs more participation in regional, continental and international championships to develop boxers technically, enhance their experiences, learn about international boxing schools, and develop administrative and technical manpower by organizing courses and lectures throughout the year in order to advance the game and areas of progress in Asian and European countries.