Former world champion Sarah Ourahmoune has been named an ambassador for the Women’s World Boxing Championships, though its not clear why the International Boxing Association (IBA) has appointed her just 6 days before the event starts in Istanbul.
French boxer Ourahmoune won the light-flyweight world title at the 2008 World Championships in Ningbo in China.
She is also an ambassador of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“I cannot wait for the action to begin at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul,” Ourahmoune said.
“When I became the champion of this special event in 2008, it was a dream come true for myself and my family.
“I am looking forward to witnessing the next generation of female boxers achieve their goals at this world-class competition,” she said.
Ourahmoune, now 40, also won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships in Astana as well as an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Chairwoman of the IBA Women’s Committee Amanda Coulson said: “We are very pleased to have Sarah Ourahmoune as an Ambassador for the forthcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
“Sarah has been a pioneer in the sport for many years. Her accomplishments inside the ring have inspired a lot of women to take up boxing and seek to replicate her success.”