The Boxing Federation of India has confirmed that India will host the upcoming IBA Women's World Boxing Championships in 2023 in Delhi. This comes two years after the country was stripped of the hosting rights of men's events for not paying the requisite fee to the global governing body.
The prestigious tournament will return to India after a five-year gap. The KD Jadhav indoor hall at the Indira Gandhi stadium hosted the final event there in November 2018. The same venue will be used during the 2023 event.
Before 2018, India hosted the women's world championships for the first time in 2006 when India registered their best-ever finish with 4 gold medals.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) in the presence of IBA President Umar Kremlev and BFI President Ajay Singh here on Wednesday.
"The women's world championship will be held in Delhi in March 2023. Women's boxing has shown massive improvement, we are among the top countries in the world. In the last edition, we were number 3 and we aim to improve that. We are expecting participation from about 75-100 countries, about 1,500 boxers and coaches." Singh told reporters.
The championship will also see the introduction of a historic bout review system.
"The world championship in India will be the first event in which the review system based on the technology will be used. That is any dispute can be reviewed during the bout itself," Singh said.
The world championships will have a prize fund of $2.4 million (Rs 20 crore approx), with the first-place medallist taking home a whopping $100,000 (Rs 81 lakh). The second place will get $50,000 (Rs 40 lakh) and for each bronze medallist $25,000 (Rs 20 lakh) as announced by IBA President Umar Kremlev on Wednesday.
In a major blow, boxing has been left out of the initial list of sports for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles but IBA President Kremlev is confident that the sport will be included in the roster later.
"Don't worry. It will be included in the program. Let the Paris Olympics pass then we will work on that," Kermlev said.
"The IBA has accomplished 100 per cent of the recommendations proposed by the International Olympic Committee and the new leadership is open to implementing reforms and IBA is 100 percent transparent," he added.
India finished fourth in the 2022 edition of the tournament with one gold and two bronze medals. Nikhat Zareen won gold in the flyweight division while Manisha Moun and Parveen Hooda won bronze in the featherweight and light welterweight respectively.