THE Bahrain Boxing Federation (BBF) will host a domestic boxing event today to promote the sport in the kingdom and will launch a recruitment campaign for the 2024 Bahrain ISF Gymnasiade.
Called simply ‘Domestic Boxing’, the tournament is the third such competition organised by the BBF since September last year and will be held at the Hawar International School in Riffa.
BBF technical development manager and national team coach Tony Davis said that the event will kick-start a campaign to identify talent in the junior and youth categories for the Gymnasiade.
The ISF Gymnasiade will last for 10 days with 5,000 students from more than 80 countries taking part in 25 different sporting disciplines in the largest sporting event, in terms of participants, to ever be held in the kingdom.
Boxing will be the top sport out of all the disciplines, with 51 medals on offer.
Davis expects another large turnout at today’s event following the huge success of the previous ‘Domestic Boxing’ competition at the Dilmun Club in February which drew an audience of more than 300 people who witnessed nearly two dozen bouts between amateur boxers of all ages, ranging from 11-year-old schoolboys to adults in their 20s and beyond.
Weigh-ins will be held in the morning for the competition which begins at 3pm. The tournament will cover all age categories and will also feature several bouts between female boxers.