AIBA's Youth World Boxing Championships is set to see nearly 500 athletes compete ©Getty Images

A total of 487 boxers have registered to take part in the upcoming International Boxing Association (AIBA) Youth World Boxing Championships, from 66 nations.

Excluding reserves, 160 female and 327 male boxers have registered for the Championships, more than the last edition in 2018.

The 2021 Championships are scheduled to be held in Kielce in Poland from April 10 to 24, featuring boxers born in 2002 and 2003.

The Championships were postponed from November 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thirty four countries from Europe are set to feature at the competition as well as 15 from Asia.

Eleven are due to come from the Americas and six are registered from Africa.

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iceland, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone and Eswatini are all set to debut at the Championships.

"AIBA leadership, the Organising Committee and all participants are eagerly waiting for the Championships, which will take place soon in Poland," said AIBA President Umar Kremlev.

"No doubts that the event will be conducted on the highest level in accordance with all safety measures.

"Most of all our athletes need the opportunity to perform on the international level to try their skills.

"Many current boxing stars have started their way from Youth World Championships, so we cannot underestimate the importance of it for the young generation of boxers."

Although Poland has reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions, a law passed by Government allows exemptions to quarantine for sporting events.

This means events can be organised - without the participation of the public - and training for athletes can also take place.

Those entering require an invitation to the Championships from the Polish Boxing Association, a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours and a visa to enter Poland where necessary.

The tournament is set to be held at the Hala Legionow Sports Complex, which can usually seat 3,000 fans.