ASBC President Mr. Anas Alotaiba sends his best wishes to the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation on their Independence Day

The President of the Asian Boxing Confederation and Vice-President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Mr. Anas Alotaiba, furthermore and the whole ASBC management are sending their best wishes to the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and their whole Boxing Family on their Independence Day.

Kazakhstan was the last state in the Soviet Union which declared its independence on 16 December in 1991. Following the quick collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan became member of the United Nations on March 1992. Their first President Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev approved the Constitution of Kazakhstan in 1993 and he had an active role to manage the independent country into a developing direction.

The holiday is celebrated for two days on December 16 and 17. If December 16 falls on a weekend, the next Monday is also a public holiday in Kazakhstan. Traditional tents called them yurts are set up in many villages where local delicacies and national foods will be served indoor in the cold winter period.

Kazakhstan Boxing Federation was established in 1992 and their boxers competed in a few events already in that year. Kazakhstan’s top boxers represented the Soviet Union in the 1970s and in the 1980s including former ASBC President Mr. Serik Konakbayev. Kazakhstan is the lone boxing nation in the world which achieved gold medals in boxing in each of the Olympic Games between 1996 and 2016.

Kazakhstan is No.10 in the current Olympic boxing medal table with seven gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals. Kazakhstan achieved altogether 16 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals in the history of the boxing events of the Asian Games making the country one of the top Asian powerhouses. Kazakhstan won the medal tables in the 1994, 1995, 2004, 2013 and 2015 Asian Boxing Championships.

Kazakhstan dominated the welterweight (69kg) in the recent four editions of the Olympic Games when Bakhtiyar Artayev, Bakhyt Sarsekbayev, Serik Sapiyev and Daniyar Yeleussinov claimed the gold medals in the Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro editions. Their current No.1 in that weight category Ablaikhan Zhussupov already qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games and he is planning to continue Kazakhstan’s golden pathway in Japan’s capital.

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