AIBA President Umar Kremlev held a meeting with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari ©AIBA

International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Umar Kremlev spoke of his determination to improve gender equality in the sport following a meeting with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

Kremlev made an official visit to Nepal’s capital Kāthmāndau, where he held a series of talks with senior Government officials, including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Sports Minister

He also met with Bhandari, who is the first female President of Nepal.

"I want to express big gratitude for taking care of the development of sports and personal involvement of the head of Nepal," said Kremlev.

"From the AIBA side, we fully understand the importance of gender equity question and work at this issue very actively to create equal conditions for men and women in boxing.

"For example, we created the same level of prize money for men’s and women’s World Championships."

AIBA said Kremlev and Bhandari agreed on tight cooperation of joint projects to bring boxing in Nepal to the "next level".

"Boxing is one of the most popular sports in Nepal," said Bhandari.

"From our side, we will provide all kinds of support for the development of sports in the country and to work more closely with Nepal Boxing Federation.

"We really appreciate the ideas to implement special boxing programmes in schools and institutes, to create training camps in the mountains and to hold significant Asian tournaments here."

Kremlev said he was committed to developing the sport in Nepal with the aim of seeing "more and more champions appear" and "more competitions emerge".

He confirmed AIBA and Nepal would work on projects, including organising joint training camps, exchanging experience between coaches and judges and ensuring an additional qualification programme for Nepali sports officials.

Discussions also took place over the possibility of staging the Asian Championships at a 20,000-capacity venue in Nepal, according to AIBA.

"Here in Nepal, we are developing sports for health and various activities, which unfortunately due to the pandemic are not now at full speed,” said Gahatraj.

"We are thankful to the AIBA President for coming and contributing to the development of boxing all around the globe and in our country in particular.

"Nepal has great natural opportunities for training camps to arrange at the highest point of the earth."

Deuba added: "I am glad to see how the AIBA President is developing boxing.

"Boxing is the most popular sport in Nepal and it will be great if AIBA could provide assistance for educational programmes in schools and institutes.

"I am sure that we will be successful in our cooperation.

"From our side we will provide full support to the Nepal National Federation."