Lausanne: The 2021 Men’s World Boxing Championships will be held from October 26 to November 6 in Belgrade, Serbia, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced on Tuesday.
The event was to be held in India originally but the country lost the hosting rights after failing to pay the host fee last year. AIBA then awarded the championship to Serbia.
The delivery of the event will be overseen by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, who is the Head of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).
After the confirmation of the dates, AIBA President Umar Kremlev expressed his desire for boxing to continue developing despite the challenging situation with COVID-19.
‘We should be united like never before during these challenging times and give our athletes an opportunity to perform at the highest level. The AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships will show our determination to provide a platform for boxers all around the world to achieve their full potential,’ said AIBA President Kremlev.
“We have full confidence that the tournament will be conducted safely, given our successful implementation of COVID-19 counter measures throughout this year,” he added.
The previous edition of the championship was hosted by Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2019.