India to host maiden men’s World Boxing Championship in 2021

India has never conducted the men’s World Championship but has played host to the 2006 women’s mega-event.

The AIBA made the announcement at the end of its two-day executive committee meeting in Moscow. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

India has won the hosting rights of the 2018 women's World boxing championship and the 2021 men's World championship. Both the events will be held in Delhi.

The men's World championship will be the first such event to be hosted in the country. The women's event, which was earlier held in 2006, will be organised in India for the second time. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) made the announcement following the unanimous decision of its Executive Committee in Moscow on Monday.

Apart from the two events allotted to India, the 2019 edition of men's Worlds has been given to the Russian city of Sochi and the women's World championship in the same calendar has been awarded to Trabzon, Turkey.

“We are excited to announce New Delhi as host city in 2021 as the Boxing Federation of India continues to show its commitment to developing the sport,” said AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu.

World Cup medal winning boxer V. Devarajan welcomed the development. “After 2006, we will see a World championship being hosted in our country. The women's event will feature some of the finest boxers aspiring to do well in the Tokyo Olympics, while the men's event will inspire the younger lot to make their mark after the 2020 Games,” said Devarajan.

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