Mr. Serik Konakbayev – I am so grateful to the hard work and the strong commitment of the National Federations
President of the Asian Boxing Confederation and Vice-President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Mr. Serik Konakbayev summarized his experiences about the whole year after the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships which was the fourth ASBC continental event in 2017.
“First of all I am so grateful to all Asian National Federations about their hard work and strong commitment to our beloved combat sport. I know some of our National Federations are still new in the world’s boxing life but we all feel their efforts and their work will be paid off. I believe we are in the best way in the first year of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic era to be the best continent in the upcoming years.
We launched a new project together with Wesing this year, altogether 14 countries have been donated by new equipments in our continental events. Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Syria, Sri Lanka and Yemen received our supports this year.
We could also support Cambodia’s and DPR Korea’s participation financially at the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Ho Chi Minh City. We began the year at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan which was our qualification event for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Uzbekistan achieved record number of nine gold medals in the event in Tashkent. We could see also the development of the Indian, Syrian, Indonesian, South Korean and Mongolian national teams.
Bangkok welcomed the 17 and 18-year-old talents in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in July. Uzbekistan topped the team rankings once again while Kazakhstan, Japan and Iran also won gold medals in Thailand’s capital. Yemen joined to our ASBC events at the very first time in Bangkok where the top boxers could be our heroes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships was held in the Philippines, in the picturesque island of Palawan in Puerto Princesa. Our 15 and 16-year-old hopefuls proved Asia’s boxing life is on the best was for further glories. This time Kazakhstan was the No.1 in Puerto Princesa but Uzbekistan, Japan and Philippines also impressed with strong performance.
Record number of 107 boxers from 20 countries competed at the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Ho Chi Minh City. Seven nations won at least one title in Ho Chi Minh City where Vietnam and Uzbekistan bagged their first ever gold medals in the history of the competition. Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia and Laos sent their boxers to the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships at the very first time.
We had a very successful and highest level tournament, the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Tashkent this May and further two continental events in Bangkok and in Puerto Princesa but the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Hamburg was our biggest achievement this year.
Fifteen Asian boxers won medals in the AIBA World Boxing Championships and in the first year of the Asian Olympic cycle, our boxers proved they are capable to beat all of the continents. We are all proud of our Asian heroes here in Hamburg and our hard work paid off earlier than in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
We are working hard to support all Asian countries to develop their boxers and all aspects of the sport to be the leader in boxing among the continents. We have done interviews with our National Federation Presidents therefore we are understanding their requirements, needs and we know how to support them to reach our common objectives. We would like to introduce our affiliated National Federations to the Boxing World by showing their activities.
All of the Asian countries will be getting even stronger next year when we will be hosting the Asian Games in Jakarta. Together We Are Power,” said ASBC President Mr. Serik Konakbayev after the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships.