While awaiting an official position from the Fpi, the Italian boxing federation, the list of countries that have decided to boycott the Iba World Championships (the body that governs non-professional boxing) is getting longer due to the presence of the national teams, with of flag and anthem, of Russia and Belarus.
Thus Holland and Switzerland have decided to join the USA, Great Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Ireland, who had announced a boycott for the next Women's World Cup in India (New Delhi, 15-31 March), while in the coming weeks a decision was made by the Dutch and Swiss on the men's championships scheduled in Uzbekistan (May 1-14), boycotted by the same countries with the exception of the British.
In the meantime, however, the Swiss federation has announced that it will also boycott the women's European championships scheduled in Armenia in April and the men's youth world championships, again due to the presence of Russia.
Whose participation in boxing competitions is now constant in Iba events, as demonstrated by the 12 medals conquered by the Russians in the recent 'Golden Belts' in Morocco: the blue Irma Testa knows something about it, beaten in the first round of the 57 kg by a Russian, Ludmila Vorontsova.
"Their presence in Marrakesh and the fact that they are regularly enrolled in both the men's and women's World Championships - commented the president of the Swiss federboxe, Andreas Anderegg - is a provocation. Of course, and in general, Switzerland is a neutral country, but this it doesn't mean being blind or not having an opinion. Russia has caused untold suffering to Ukraine. And since, after all, politics finances sport, the two things cannot be separated."