South Korea to host 2014 AIBA Women's Boxing World Championships after Canada withdraw

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
By Paul Osborne

The AIBA has awarded Jeju, Korea the hosting rights to the 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships after Canada was forced to withdraw ©Getty ImagesFebruary 18 - The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has awarded the 2014 Women's World Boxing Championships to Jeju in South Korea after Canada was forced to pull out having failed to find a suitable venue.

Canada was chosen to host the Championships in July 2012 during an AIBA Executive Board meeting in Bangkok but have struggled to find a venue that was available during the dates suitable to host the event.

Boxing Canada has now withdrawn from their hosting obligations, leaving AIBA having to search for a new host city.

"Unfortunately Boxing Canada couldn't find a venue that was available for the dates suitable for AIBA and as result Boxing Canada has had to withdraw from hosting the Women's Worlds," said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada President.

"We are looking forward to future opportunities."

Ireland's 60kg Olympic champion Katie Taylor will be looking to win her fifth consecutive World Championship title when the tournament gets underway in November ©Getty ImagesIreland's 60kg Olympic champion Katie Taylor will be looking to win her fifth consecutive World Championship title when the tournament gets underway in November ©Getty Images


Following the withdrawal, AIBA restarted the bidding process for the Championships with South Korea registering immediate interest in hosting the event.

With the  AIBA Congress also due to be held South Korea in November, the organisation decided to award the event to Jeju.

The cost effectiveness of having the event in the same location as the Congress, and because of a strong bid from South Korea, were the clinching factors, the AIBA admitted.

The competition will be held at the Halla Gymnasium of Jeju City, the largest city on the island of Jeju and is scheduled to take place between November 13 and November 25.

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