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Taishan Sports Industry Group becomes AIBA Licensee

17 Mar 2014
Lausanne, Switzerland: The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that the advanced sports equipment provider and supplier Taishan Sports Industry Group has become official AIBA Licensee. The Taishan Sports Industry Group is located in Shandong, China. It was founded in June 1978. After 20 years of development, the company employs more than 2,000 people. 

The group has signed agreements pertaining to the provision of boxing rings and gloves following a meeting at AIBA Headquarters in Switzerland with the AIBA Executive Director as well as senior staff from the AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) departments. The Taishan delegation included General Manager Gang Cui and International Business Director Harry H. Shi.

The company also provides equipment for gymnastics, judo, track and field and artificial surfaces. It was the largest provider for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

AIBA President Dr Ching-Ku Wu said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Taishan Sports Industry Group and we look forward to our future working relationship.”

In other boxing news:

* The AIBA Executive Committee has decided to end any official relationship with its suspended member federation, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, after an extensive evaluation and assessment of all issues surrounding the sport of boxing in India.

“As AIBA President and on behalf of the entire boxing family, I am expressing my deepest regret and sadness that we had to make this decision,” stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

“AIBA has always regarded India as one of the most important members of its family, but it has become impossible for us to bear the hard feelings, the pain and suffering the boxers as well as the boxing family in India had to go through under the past and recent leadership which has also been damaging the image, reputation and interest of our sport in the country.”

The IABF was suspended on December 6, 2012, and a review of the situation following the IOC’s lifting of the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association last month has failed to produce a positive outcome.

Boxers and coaches will remain protected and authorised to compete at any competition at all levels under the AIBA flag. AIBA also hopes that the IOA will give its full cooperation until AIBA approves a new National Federation for the sake of the sport of boxing in India.

* AIBA has opened the bidding process for all major competitions to be held in 2015 and 2016 and all Olympic Qualifying Events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The events concerned are:

    2015 AIBA Women’s Junior/Youth World Boxing Championships
    2015 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships
    2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
    2016 AOB African Olympic Qualifying Event
    2016 AOB American Olympic Qualifying Event
    2016 AOB Asian/Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event
    2016 AOB European Olympic Qualifying Event
    2016 APB/WSB Olympic Qualifying Event
    2016 Final AOB Olympic Qualifying Event
    2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships

Final decisions will be made at the AIBA Executive Committee meeting to be held from July 16-18 in Antalya, Turkey.

* The 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be held in Jeju, Korea, from November 13-25 in conjunction with the AIBA Congress.

* Mr Yousuf Ali Al-Kazim has been elected President of the Qatar Boxing Federation. The AIBA World Boxing Championships will be held in Doha in 2015.

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