Earlier today several major sources in Uzbekistan reported that the Uzbek Tigers have decided not to compete in the next season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), following the Astana Arlans who also declined to participate in the upcoming season.
The Astana Arlans announced they wouldn't be involved last December, citing financial issues though many felt it was due to issues inside AIBA, who run the tournament. The Uzbek Tigers haven't announced their reason, but one of the team coaches, Ziyatdin Toyganboev, is quoted as saying "Unfortunately, the Uzbek Tigers will not take part in this season' World Series of Boxing Series (WSB)" (translated).
The same coach also stated "We are waiting for big tournaments such as Asia and the World Cup. We also want to participate successfully in different competitions, which will be the next Olympic Games. The first tournament of the season for members of the national team is the annual "Stranja" competition in Sofia, Bulgaria" (Translated)
With two notable Asian teams leaving the WSB in the space of weeks, there is some worry that the competition may be under serious threat, especially given that the organisers, AIBA, are under threat from the IOC in regards to boxing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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