06.08.2009 - The AIBA "Road to Milan" training camp was launched on Thursday in Assisi, Italy where a total of 94 boxers from 66 countries will participate in15 days of training in preparation for the AIBA World Championships Milan 2009 which starts on September 1.
As part of the program, AIBA has selected young talented boxers from the countries and coaches having financial difficulties to develop boxing. This program will not only provide crucial training experience but also support them for the entire period of the AIBA World Boxing Championships Milan 2009.
One of the core objectives of AIBA as the governing body of the sport of boxing worldwide is to develop talented boxers and to provide best interests and welfares for them, especially for the boxers from emerging territories.
Therefore, AIBA will continue this important development program after Milan by selecting the best 10 boxers among the boxers from the "Road to Milan" training camp at the end of the AIBA World Boxing Championships Milan 2009 and will support their continuous training from 2010 and participation in various events to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games and to earn the medals they deserve. The program, called "Road to London," will maximize the facilities and programs in the AIBA Boxing Academy.
In addition, AIBA plans to start the same program for youth level boxers prior to the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships to be held in April 2010, which is also the qualifying event for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. This means that AIBA will also select boxers from the emerging territories once again and send them to the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. From this program, some selected boxers could also be included in the "Road to London" program.
List of countries participating in the Road to Milan Trainng Camp
US Virgin Islands
Papua New Guinea