Asian Boxing Championship postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19
The Asian Boxing Championship, which was to be held in India in November-December, was postponed to next year due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the secretary-general of the national federation told PTI on Tuesday, Jay Kowli.
The decision was made at the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Executive Committee meeting held online on Monday.
“A postponement was proposed due to the prevailing conditions due to the pandemic and it was accepted. India remains the host and the tournament will now take place in 2021, ”said Kowli, who is a member of the ASBC EC.
“The 2021 window for this will be discussed at the next EC meeting in November,” he added.
India last hosted the Asian men’s event in 1980 in Mumbai before hosting the women’s event in 2003 in Hisar. The tournament became a combined event for men and women last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upset sports calendars around the world with several major events, including the Olympic Games and the T20 cricket World Cup, postponed.
“We have to be careful, cases are increasing everywhere. Unless there is a definite decrease, it was thought that it was better to put things on hold, ”Kowli said.
“ASBC decided that there is the possibility of a single event, probably in November in China, where only the best fighters can compete to keep the field small. But that is also just a proposal, it may or may not happen, “he added.
In India, the burden of cases has exceeded 25 lakh and the death toll has exceeded 50,000. However, there have been small steps towards sports resumption starting from the training camps.
A handful of boxers have gathered for a camp in Patiala that has gone smoothly so far. So far, nine Indian boxers, five men and four women, have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.