By NY Staff
The International Arab Boxing Federation announced that the coming round of the international Arab Boxing Championships will take place in Sana’a on the 9th of September 2013. The championship is set up to coincide with the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference, and the event will serve to promote Yemen to the entire globe. 12 champions from Greece, Luxembourg, Albania, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Iraq, Spain, Belgium and Yemen will participate in the competition held in the 22 May Hall.
Dr. Hadi Al-Sidairi, the President of the International Arab Boxing Federation, along with Ali Saleh Al-Bakri and Abdul-Menam al-Kaladi, held a press conference last week revealing the essential details and preparation plans of the championship. Dr. AL-Sidairi has recently held a number of meetings with President Hadi, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Sport and Youth, and the General Secretariat of the National Dialogue Dr. Ahmed Awad Bin Mubark, seeking logistical support from government authorities. Al-Sidairi told National Yemen that he has no problem with the current sponsorship arrangement, wherein %50 of total championship expenses will be financed by the International Arab Boxing Federation and local partner Al-Bakri has committed to cover the remaining costs.
The championship previously has been held in different Arab countries and most recently in the UAE. Dr. Al-Sidairi said that Arab Boxing has attained remarkable success in all Arab countries and the Federation is playing a vital role in spreading the game’s culture to the countries of the world and giving the champions—including talented Yemeni athletes—an opportunity to further develop their skills.
As Yemen does not have the facilities for holding an international sport activity the likes of the championship, the Federation has promised to provide Yemen with a boxing ring, medical necessities, and so on. The championship will go through six exciting bouts in the welterweight class (>74kg), the midweight class (>63 kg), the lightweight class (>60kg), the half heavyweight class (>84 kg) and the featherweight class (>57 kg).