The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has confirmed that the Men's World Championships will be moved from Sochi to Yekaterinburg. The event, scheduled to be held from September 7 to 21, will now be held more than 2,800 kilometers away in Yekaterinburg, which is also known as the "third capital of Russia". Yekaterinburg is located east of the Ural Mountains in the Asian side of Russia, about 1,420 kilometers east of Moscow and is known to be a boxing bastion.
The AIBA has said that the change was made following a request from the Russian Boxing Association. Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, was awarded the event by the AIBA Executive Committee in July 2017.
"Following a request from the Russian Boxing Association, it has been decided that the Men's World Boxing Championships will be held in Yekaterinburg instead of Sochi," AIBA spokesperson told the media. “Yekaterinburg is one of the largest cities in Russia and is a leading sports center with numerous well-known athletes”, he added
The 2019 World Championships will be the first edition of the event held in Russia since 1989. Last time they were staged in Moscow when it was the capital of the Soviet Union.
This year's Women's World Championships are also supposed to take place in Russia as Ulan Ude was awarded the event by AIBA last year. The event is scheduled to run from October 3 to 13.
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