Polish city Kielce staged the Youth World Boxing Championships in April 2021.

More than 400 boxers aged 17, 18 and 19 from in excess of 50 countries traveled to Poland for the competition at the Hala Legionow Sports Complex.

Twenty sets of medals were on offer in total - 10 for men and 10 for women.

Poland saw off competition from rival bidder Nicaragua to earn the right to host the event, which had been scheduled for November 2020 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

AIBA later waived the host fee for the Youth World Boxing Championships as spectators were not allowed at the 3,000-capacity venue for health reasons.

Arundhati Choudhary, in red, was one of eight Indian champions at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships ©AIBA
Arundhati Choudhary, in red, was one of eight Indian champions at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships ©AIBA

India topped the medal table when it was all said and done, winning eight golds and three bronzes for a grand total of 11.

The nation was especially dominant in the women's contests, winning seven of the 10 available world titles.

Vinka, Gitika, Arundhati Choudhary, Sanamacha Thokchom, Babyrojisana Chanu, Poonam and Alfiya Tarannum Akram Khan Pathan all won their respective women's divisions, with Sachin India's sole men's victor.

Russia also won 11 medals in total - three gold, five silver and three bronze - while Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan won 10 each.

Twenty-three countries were represented on the various podiums.

The event was tinged with sadness, however, as Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat tragically died more than a week after collapsing during a fight at the tournament.

AIBA has commissioned an independent investigation to "investigate and review the circumstances of his participation in the Championships, his injury, his treatment and the protocols followed on that occasion". 

The 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships was the second edition of the event in a row where men and women competed alongside one another, having done so in Hungarian capital Budapest in 2018. 

A new scoring system was used at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland ©AIBA
A new scoring system was used at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland ©AIBA

There, 359 boxers from 65 countries battled for the world titles. 

Russia finished as the most successful country, earning six gold medals. 

Boxers from the United States claimed three gold medals between them, while Thailand and India got two golds each. 

A biennial competition, the first edition of the Youth World Boxing Championships was held in 1979 in Yokohama in Japan. 

It was originally called the Junior World Championships, before switching to its new name in 2008, when the event was held in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.

The next edition is planned for September 2022, with the host as yet undecided.