Earlier this week it was announced the the 2019 Asian Boxing Championships for men and for women would both be held at the same time, in what will be a huge event in Bangkok, with both championships starting on April 16th and ending on April 27th at the Huamark Indoor Stadium.
The event, which is a major qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics, if it takes place, sees teams only being given a month or so to get their teams in order, with registrations ending on March 19th.
The ASBC statement announce the news over their website, stating proudly “For the very first time in the history of the elite event, both genders will be attending at the same time in Thailand’s capital which is scheduled to take place in April 16-27,” It's worth noting that the men's tournament, which had been scheduled for a while, was originally set to begin on the 17th of April, and is still listed on the AIBA website as being from the 17th to 28th. What wasn't listed, and still isn't, is the female version of the competition, though that seems likely to change in the coming days.
For the men this will be the 30th Asian Championships, continuing a competition that began way back in the 1960's. For the women this will be the 7th edition of the tournament.
Notably the championships will be held in 10 weight classes for both men and women:
Women’s: 48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, +81kg
Men’s: 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg
The ASBC revealed that Boxers who were born between 1979 and 2000 are eligible to attend, with technical rules not allowing fighters aged 41 or 18. They also announced that the official accommodation for the team delegations will be the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel which is fairly close to the venue for event.
ASBC also posted a full scheduled for the event. Showing that whilst the event starts of the 16th of April there won't be any fights until the 19th, with the finals taking place on April 26th.
April 16 – Arrivals to Bangkok
April 17 – Sport Entries Check
April 18 – Technical Meeting
April 18 – Official Draw
April 19 – Opening Ceremony
April 19 – Day1 Preliminaries
April 20 – Day2 Preliminaries
April 21 – Day3 Preliminaries
April 22 – Day4 Quarter-finals
April 23 – Day5 Quarter-finals
April 24 – Rest Day
April 25 – Day6 Semi-finals
April 26 – Day7 Finals
April 27 – Departures of the delegations from Bangkok
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