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The AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championship returns to Belgrade 43 years later

The AIBA World Boxing Championships for Men returned to Belgrade for the first time since 1978, with a spectacular opening ceremony that showed the


The AIBA World Championships for Men returned to Belgrade for the first time since 1978, with a spectacular opening ceremony that showed the convergence of the rich history of boxing with the modernization of the under its new leadership.

During the event, the public was led through a captivating journey through boxing history and came face to face with the Val Barker trophy, one of the sport’s most iconic awards, which was presented by the Federation’s vice president. Boxing Champion, Bakhtiyar Artayev.

“Today I have a special mission. I have come to not only to support my team or as a representative of the Olympic Championships. Today I have come to pass on the history of this important boxing trophy: the Val Barker trophy.”

When AIBA President Umar Kremlev took the stage to lift the trophy, the Opening Ceremony set the tone for what these two weeks of action mean, in which some athletes will participate as part of the team. Fair Chances (Fair Opportunities team). This team has been created for athletes who have been forced to leave their countries, often due to conflict.

For the first time in an AIBA competition, the AIBA team walked alongside competing countries as part of the athletes’ parade.

More than 500 athletes from more than 88 countries will participate in this competition, which will run until November 6 in Belgrade, a city that the president of the championship was quick to praise.

A series of artistic performances by the likes of boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and Olga Buzova lit up the Štark Arena, ending a memorable night for the boxing world as the rebuilding process of AIBA continues.

After years of financial and political turmoil in Serbia, the International Boxing Association is determined to clean up the sport and ensure that the championship becomes an open, fair and transparent organization that serves as a home for all boxers.

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