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IBA Women’s Committee Open Forum gathered 30 countries in Istanbul

Open Forum was held by IBA Women’s Committee during the rest day at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Many inspiring speeches were delivered today, and participants from various countries were able to ask their questions and suggest ideas about women in boxing.

The meeting was attended by IBA Secretary General Istvan Kovacs who emphasized the important role of women in the sport. He highlighted IBA’s commitment to gender equality and readiness to support women in boxing in all aspects.

“We have three women who got the most votes among all for the Board of Directors positions at the IBA Congress. This is quite a unique achievement. Moreover, now we have an acting athlete in the Board, which is amazing. In my opinion, we shouldn’t divide athletes by gender, they are not male champions and female boxers, but they are our boxing champions, our pride,” Kovacs said.

The experts in each field explained the advantages and challenges of being a woman coach, R&J, ITO, or Administrator. It was noted that not only former athletes but also people outside the sport can learn to be good at these roles.

The Chairperson of the IBA Women’s Committee Amanda Coulson told the participants about the implemented projects and plans for the future.

“The more good and inspiring stories we have, the better and prosperous future we have. Let’s work together, get more practice. Collectively we are powerful,” she said.

AFBC Continental Ambassador, 25-years-old Oumaïma Belahbib wants to work in sports communication in the future but now she’s concentrated on her goals in boxing as an active athlete.

“I have been involved in sport from a young age, and now I am an elite boxer with more than 100 fights. My mission is to overcome difficulties, I want to use my professional training to develop young talents,” said Belahbib in her emotional speech.

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