The announcement follows the earlier confirmation by AIBA on April 17 of the United States as the host country.
“This is a great day for the city of Chicago, a great day for USA Boxing and a great day for the entire Boxing community,” USA Boxing President Tom Virgets said. “Chicago has always given great support to the sport of Boxing not only in the U.S. but for Boxers worldwide and the city is fully equipped and ready to put on a wonderful spectacle.”
“We are thrilled with USA Boxing’s proposal of Chicago as the host of the marquee event in the 2007 world Boxing calendar,” AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu said. “We know that Chicago has a great Boxing tradition and we are excited about the opportunity of showcasing our sport in such an important American City. With the help of USA Boxing, AIBA is determined to make this year’s edition one of the most successful World Championships ever.”
The 2007 World Championships, which also double as the opening qualification tournament for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are expected to be the biggest ever with over 1,000 boxers and officials expected to attend.
About the International Boxing Association
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is a non-profit making international organization, which was founded under the name Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur (FIBA) in 1920. In 1946 a new start was given with the launch of AIBA to replace the dissolved FIBA and now, more than 60 years later, AIBA, with its 195 member federations, continues to govern the sport of Boxing, working for the benefit of the sport and all its participants, to help Boxing realise its potential within the Olympic Movement and the international sporting arena. For more information please visit www.aiba.net