The Ukrainian national boxing team will not compete at the world championships among women and men in 2023. This decision was announced by the vice-president of the boxing federation Oleg Ilchenko.
“Our answer is clear: our athletes and representatives of the Boxing Federation of Ukraine do not perform where representatives of the aggressor countries will compete – these are Russia and Belarus,” Ilchenko said.
Note that Ukraine joins a number of countries that have already announced their decision to boycott the World Cup. Boxing federations of nine countries of the world have already announced a boycott of tournaments: the USA, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Canada.
The FBU vice-president also said that the national team would boycott the 2024 Olympics and the Strandzha Cup elite tournament if boxers from Russia or Belarus compete there. The main tournament for the Ukrainian national boxing team will be the European Games, which will be held in June in Poland. Boxers from Russia and Belarus will not compete at this tournament, and it will also be a qualifier for the 2024 Olympics.
Both world boxing championships will be held in the spring: women’s – from March 15 to 26 in New Delhi, men’s – from May 1 to 14 in Tashkent.
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