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WBA ratify its support to Olympic Committee


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DAVAO CITY -- The World Boxing Association has ratified its request last May 23 that the IOC to recognize the WBA to be part of the Olympic movement to help athletes work for their dreams.

It also offered all its experience to organize boxing for Tokyo 2020. It was announced that the AIBA would not be part of the Olympic Committee.


The WBA was the first organizational to reach out to AIBA, before the controversy broke out, to advise them regarding professional boxing and to cooperate for the inclusion of the inclusion of professional in amateur boxing.

WBA never opposed the participation of professional boxers in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

However, when the IOC questioned the participation of the Fistiana Art for Tokyo 2020, the WBA launched its support the IOC in its quest to protect athletes.

In June 2018, the return of boxing and the WBA program that that was supported by the Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko, Olympic and world heavyweight champion as well as ambassador of the oldest body organization governing universal pugilism.
The plan developed by the organization is based on seven points:

1. Strengthen our values: Participative writing of the Universal Charter of Boxing, together with athletes, officials, federations and fans from all around the world in order to underline our values of universality, diversity, respect, engagement and education;
2. Athlete’s welfare: Provide educational tools, and health/life insurance so the athletes are able to fully focus on their careers, and later enjoy a sustainable future after retirement
3. Simplify the structures: Offer a unique regulator, and an ultimate authority. There’s a need to simplify with less bureaucracy, leveraging digital technologies to improve transparency, collaboration and efficiency
4. Professionalize the officials and trainers: Let’s take care of those who care for the champions, give them scalable salaries, further their education and even develop a pension system.
5. Fans Empowerment: Turn them into real participants of the boxing world, share the passion and information but also strengthen the objectivity of decisions.
6. Digitalize the experience: Enable deeper insights, share exciting information and possibilities through a customized application
7. Optimize the reach: Create one worldwide “pro/am” broadcasting channel, defined by regions, including subscriptions/PPV, OTT streaming facilities and its own production unit.

The manifesto was sent to all those interested in the welfare of boxing and received a great reception within several National Federations that affiliated to the WBA. (Lito delos Reyes)


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