Dr CK Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), believes that the 73-nation 2015 AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Doha, Qatar will be the most remarkable show the sport has to offer.
The 18th edition of the World Championships since the inaugural tournament in Havana in 1974 officially begins on Doha on October 5th. Boxing begins on October 6th.
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Joe Ward, Michael O’Reilly, Adam Nolan, Dean Walsh, Sean McComb, Michael Conlan and Brendan Irvine will represent Ireland on the Arabian Peninsula.
The seven qualified from the European Games and European Elite Championships this summer, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the process.
The Irish squad are currently in Assisi, Italy for their final training camp before Qatar with hosts Italy and Belarus.
“This edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships will be a key event in the run up to Rio 2016 Olympic Games as the top boxers from all five continents converge in Doha, Qatar, to compete in an astounding venue. For the 1st time, all boxers had to qualify to the World Championships ensuring that boxing fans will enjoy the most remarkable show the Elite of the boxing world has to offer“, said Dr CK Wu.
Qatar Boxing Federation (QBF) President, Yousuf Ali Al Kazim, said: “Doha is ready to welcome all of the boxers and officials to AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 and we are confident that the event will be held at the highest level. Local fans are looking forward to the event, which demonstrates the vitality of boxing in our region”.
Twenty three Olympics places will be up for grabs across the ten weight categories at Doha 2015.