Boxing Scotland welcomes AIBA President for knockout tour of country’s best facilities

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Tuesday 23th May 2017

Boxing Scotland is set to welcome the President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on a whistle-stop tour of the country this week, inviting him to learn more about the key role Olympic boxing plays in some of our most deprived communities.

Scotland’s national governing body for boxing will host Dr Ching-Kuo Wu – President of AIBA and an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ­– and his AIBA delegation across a packed week of events, from 22 to 25 May.

Taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the visit will include strategic talks, black tie dinners, and tours of some of the country’s leading boxing facilities, including Boxing Scotland’s own cutting edge High Performance Centre in Bridgeton and a European Championships training camp.

The events – which also mark Dr Ching-Kuo Wu’s first visit to Scotland – will provide an opportunity for AIBA chiefs to meet key stakeholders, partners and parliamentarians, helping them build a greater understanding of Boxing Scotland’s work and the country’s wider sporting landscape, while fostering enhanced cultural links.

Since his election in 2006, Dr Wu has sought to transform AIBA into a transparent, trustworthy and professionally operated governing body – and he has successfully brought about a new era of boxing, introducing women’s boxing to the Olympics, launching the one-of-a-kind World Series of Boxing in 2010 and AIBA Professional Boxing a year later, as well as leading the reform to allow non-AIBA boxers to compete into the Olympics.

Boxing Scotland Chairman John Macpherson said: “This is a very important and significant event in promoting Scottish boxing and its wider sporting achievements, particularly as we look to fresh successes next year at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“We are honoured and excited to welcome Dr Wu and his delegation, and believe there is a real opportunity here to invest in the future, both on a Scottish and global level.

“As mutual governing bodies with common aims, we share an unswerving belief in the power of boxing to transform lives, and hope to identify strategies that will assist in advancing the sport in Scotland and further afield.”

CK Wu, AIBA President said: “I am very pleased to come and witness for myself the current dynamic growth around Scottish boxing and the valuable programmes which the National Federation is initiating for the benefit of all boxers. During my visit, I will extensively assess and propose AIBA assistance in all matters that can contribute to even greater success for Scottish boxing in the ring and at grassroots level.”

Boxing Scotland is hoping to foster enduring links with AIBA – which has just signed an exclusive global marketing deal with Alisports – while identifying ways in which boxing can continue to represent the best in indigenous sporting achievement and excellence.

The visit will also provide an opportunity to highlight and promote the AIBA #HeadsUp! initiative – which aims to change perceptions around boxing by highlighting the positive aspects of the sport including discipline, training and sense of self – in turn engaging young people from clubs located in socially and economically deprived areas. An equipment donation will also be made on behalf of AIBA.

The visit will offer an appropriate setting to recognise and celebrate the significant role which the sport plays in social inclusion, diversity and the promotion of health and wellbeing in challenged communities across the country through making an important contribution to the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes.

“The visit will also form a key strategic building block in our efforts to help remedy deprivation and exclusion, not to mention the promotion of equality and the drive to improve mental and physical health,” MacPherson added.

“It is so important that we look to engender strong sporting links to the wider social values and objectives of Scottish society.

“We are extremely proud of the work that we do in these areas, and look forward to enhancing those efforts in closer partnership with AIBA as we look to build an enduring relationship.”