Men's World Boxing Championships 2023: Great Britain withdraws

The Great Britain Boxing team has opted to withdraw its boxers from the IBA Men's World Boxing Championships.

Great Britain Boxers in action (Image Credits- Great Britain boxing website)
By Abhiruchi Rout | Apr 5, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Great Britain Boxing team has opted to withdraw its boxers from the IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships, which will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 30 to May 14, 2023. Great Britain had also withdrawn from the Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023. The decision was made in light of worries regarding the future of boxing’s inclusion in the Olympic schedule and the International Boxing Association’s (IBA) recent decision to permit teams of boxers from Russia and Belarus to compete under their respective national flags. This action contradicts the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) stance on the participation of athletes from certain countries, further separating IBA from the Olympic movement.

The decision by GB Boxing also highlights long-standing difficulties with sporting integrity, governance, transparency, and financial management that the IOC has asked the IBA to rectify in order to keep boxing on the Olympic program. The team criticized the Russian invasion of Ukraine and declared its solidarity with the citizens, boxers, coaches, and officials of Ukraine. GB Boxing is committed to providing its boxers with the greatest possible preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The team has made it plain that its boxers would not compete in events that go against the IOC’s stance on the inclusion of athletes from particular nations.

Who else has withdrawn from the championships?

Due to Russia‘s participation at the IBA World Boxing Championships 2023 with its own flags and symbols, the United States of America withdrew both its men’s and women’s teams. The Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023 were boycotted by eleven nations, including the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Switzerland, and Norway.

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Great Britain Boxing’s participation in other international events

GB Boxing will continue to collaborate with national federations and tournament organizers to provide training and competition chances for its boxers ahead of the Olympic qualifying events, which begin in Poland in June 2023. The GB Boxing team just returned from the Socikas competition in Lithuania, where they took home six medals, including gold medals for England’s Kiaran MacDonald and Wales’ Taylor Bevan. GB Boxing will also send squads to the International Gee Bee Tournament in Finland (April 13 – April 17, 2023), the Cesme International Tournament in Turkey (April 24 – May 1, 2023), and the International Grand Prix in the Czech Republic (May 3 – May 8, 2023).

What are the IOC’s recent guidelines for the participation of Belarus and Russian athletes?

The IOC provided guidelines for international federations and event organizers on March 31, 2023, regulating the participation of athletes having Russian or Belarusian passports in international competitions. The Olympic Summit demanded that competitors with Russian or Belarusian passports only compete as Individual Neutral Athletes and that teams of competitors with Russian or Belarusian passports be disqualified.

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