— Published 3 March 2021

A new tournament in the United Arab Emirates

Surprising. The health crisis and travel restrictions are not preventing Umar Kremlev (pictured above), the new president of AIBA, from traveling the world. After putting his bags down in Africa, to attend the continental boxing forum in person, the Russian leader has just made a stopover in the United Arab Emirates. And he brought back a new international tournament stamped AIBA. Bingo. It will take place in the emirate of Fujairah, a piece of desert populated by less than 100 000 inhabitants, facing the Gulf of Oman. Its first edition is announced this year. It should take place in May 2021. As a bonus, the emirate authorities have promised AIBA the construction of a boxing center and academy, and even to integrate the teaching of the discipline at school and university.