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FISU and IBA Join Forces for University Boxing

Their collaboration will develop university boxing (Photo: FISU)

A cooperation agreement has been signed by the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

IBA President Umar Kremlev and FISU Acting President Leonz Eder signed the contract this week.

The agreement will see the development of both university sport and boxing, joint educational initiatives, as well as the promotion and development of shared values including gender equality, sustainability, fair play and integrity.

Plans for collaboration include IBA’s supporting the FISU World University Games and FISU University World Cups, making them even more important to athletes aiming for success at major international multi-sport competitions. 

“We look forward to what I believe to be a truly mutually beneficial cooperation between IBA and FISU,” said Kremlev. 

“Together we will work to further instil fundamental values of boxing across the sports world as well as the younger generation of student athletes. 

“Through joint education programmes we intend to learn and exchange vital knowledge from and with FISU.”

Eder said FISU was “truly excited to see IBA recognising the importance of our events and we are determined to promote boxing within the programme in tandem with the University Sport Movement.

“Boxing is a popular and universally accessible sport on campus which can be practised by all university students of all genders,” he added.

“We will gladly encourage IBA to use university sport as a development platform for experimenting with new rules and the testing of new equipment.”

FISU has organised the FISU World University Championship Boxing every two years since 2004. Yekaterinburg in Russia will stage the next event in 2023.

Boxing will also be a part of the 2022 FISU University World Cup Combat Sports. The FISU University World Cup Combat Sports is a new competition that will feature six sports: boxing, karate, muaythai, sambo, wrestling and wushu.

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