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Olympic Boxing News Updates – 27 June, 2012 for: Malta, Ireland, England, Team GB, Haringey Box Cup and the AIBA
Malta - One Maltese Boxer who is doing rather well on the international amateur boxing scene is Haithem Laamouz. The Maltese boxer who originally hails from Sliema, Malta is based in London and trains at ‘The Lion Club’, under the tutelage of coaches Julian Borg and Steve Walters. Laamouz recently took gold at the fifth edition of the prestigious ‘Haringey Box Cup’ which is held annually in Wood Green, at the Alexander Palace, in London. Lammouz beat Jake Towse, of Hastings Westhill boxing club, in the 60KG class C category on a 4-1 points win. Earlier this year in March of 2012 at the Senior Elite London Finals in Croydon, the Maltese boxer made the finals and took the 60 KG championship in an all action bout against Ballinger.
Ireland – Ireland’s talented young boxers will be targeting semi-finals spots and at least a bronze medal apiece in Bulgaria today. Six Irish athletes are through to today’s European Junior Championships in Sofia. Today’s quarter-finals will be decided over two sesssion beginning at 3pm and 6.30pm local time (1pm and 4.30pm Irish time). June 27th European Junior Championships (Quarter-finals) – Afternoon session (1pm Irish time) 48kg: Jason McKay (Ireland) v Arturas Bankauskas (Lithuania), 50kg: Kalum McConville (Ireland) v Omer Koc (Turkey), 57Kg: Darren Pollock (Ireland) v Wladislaw Brayshnik (Germany), Evening sesssion (4.30pm Irish time), 60kg: Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Alexander Morokhin (Russia), 66kg: Lewis Crocker (Ireland) v Oleksii Takarchuk (Ukraine), 75kg: Brian Wall (Ireland) v Mustafa Atmaca (Turkey).
England - The England team are still battling their way through the European Championships in Bulgaria. Each boxer has shown skill and determination throughout the tournament. England now have four boxer’s that will compete in the semi-finals tomorrow, they are Isaac Milburn (46kg), Brandon Daord (50kg), John Ruddick (54kg) and Reuben Arrowsmith (66kg).
Team GB – has recently announced their biggest ever GB Boxing squad for the 2012 Olympics. The team includes the three women who will make history by becoming the first British women to compete at the Olympic Games. Boxers on the GB team are: Andrew Selby, flyweight, up to 52 kg, Luke Campbell, bantamweight, up to 56 kg, Tom Stalker, light welterweight, up to 64 kg, Fred Evans, welterweight, up to 69 kg, Anthony Joshua, super heavyweight, +91 kg, Nicola Adams – Women’s Flyweight, 51kg, Natasha Jonas – Women’s Lightweight, 60kg, Savannah Marshall – Women’s Middleweight, 75kg, Anthony Ogogo – Men’s Middleweight, 75kg), Josh Taylor – Men’s Lightweight, 60kg. – The selections bring the total number of boxers who will fight for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics to ten – seven male and three female. They represent Team GB’s largest ever Olympic boxing squad, two more than were selected for the last Olympics in Beijing. – London is the first Olympic Games to include women’s boxing and Team GB will have plenty of reason for optimism after all three female boxers selected secured their qualification for London 2012 by winning medals at the recent World Championships in Quinhuangdao, China.
AIBA World Academy – With the grand opening of the AIBA World Academy expected for September 2013, AIBA and the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation are pleased to announce that the project is right on schedule. The revolution in grassroots development, that will see boxers from all over the world use the state of the art facilities in the beautiful setting of the Soldatskoye Valley, at the footsteps of the mountains near Almaty, is moving at great pace.
AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu – was recently elected to be the representative of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. The election took place at the ASOIF General Assembly, and Dr Wu won by competing against Mr Pat McQuaid, President of the International Cycling Union (UCI). “I have dedicated the past 30 years of my life to the development of sport and to the Olympic ideals. Today I am very proud to be able to contribute to the development and the protection all of our International Federation interests. Together with the ASOIF President, I will listen to all of you and defend your needs with dedication and with all my heart. I promise that I will do everything I can to bring our sports to the pinnacle of the Olympic movement”, stated Dr Wu after his election at the General Assembly.
With the grand opening of the AIBA World Academy expected for September 2013, AIBA and the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation are pleased to announce that the project is right on schedule. The revolution in grassroots development, that will see boxers from all over the world use the state of the art facilities in the beautiful setting of the Soldatskoye Valley, at the footsteps of the mountains near Almaty, is moving at great pace.
The Soldatkoe Valley, situated at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, is an extremely popular training and conditioning destination for athletes from Kazakhstan and its neighbouring countries. This idyllic setting and perfect location are some one of the principle reasons why the AIBA World Academy will soon be welcoming a whole new generation of champions there.
The area already holds National training facilities for ice-skating and athletics, as well as a Mountain Ski resort, outdoor facilities for horseback riding with stables, and a Golf course will soon be opened there too.
Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President, who recently visited the Academy site and was impressed with the progress of the construction, said, “I am very happy with the progress being made and I am glad that the facilities will be fitted with the most modern technologies during its construction. This is very important”.
The construction contractors were selected and hired following a fare bidding process and the high-level of competition has guaranteed first class building quality. Despite complicated conditions with the Academy situated in a mountainous region, AIBA assures that the buildings will be more than able to sustain any weather as well as any seismic activity. The terrain is undulated and varies by 22 metres in height with an ablation depth of 8 meters. They had to reinforce the soil due to possible seismic activity and the foundations of the Academy are now resistant to any shifts as required by World Standards. Pure spring water will be sourced from underground. The water was tested and recognised as clean and of high quality.
The boxers, coaches and other visitors using the facilities will feel very comfortable, even during the cold Kazakhstan winters, with the AIBA Academy being installed with a highly advanced water heating system with its own boiler station. For the first two years, the Academy will use diesel fuel before switching to gas in early 2015, lowering energy costs.
By December 2012, the building structure will be in place so that during that winter the work on the internal decorations, electric cabling, sanitary-ware installations, floor covering and wall papers can go ahead. In May 2013, the finishing touches will be made with the final landscape work around the grounds (loaning, planting, constructing access roads, etc).
All will be in place for the big unveiling in September 2013 when Kazakhstan hosts the AIBA World Boxing Championships. AIBA will then invite all National Federations, AIBA Family Members and Kazakhstan’s highest officials to witness the opening ceremony of this high-tech, state of the art boxing training and education facility.
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