Russian Boxing Federation

EgorMekhontsev (second from the left) – champion of the Olympic Games in London, weight class under 81kg. complete list  of sportsmen in the photo (from left to right): Adilbek Niazymbetov, Egor Mekhontsev, Yamaguchi Falcao, Alexander Gvozdik. EgorMekhontsev (second from the left) – champion of the Olympic Games in London, weight class under 81kg. complete list of sportsmen in the photo (from left to right): Adilbek Niazymbetov, Egor Mekhontsev, Yamaguchi Falcao, Alexander Gvozdik.

Boxing was included in the program of modern Olympic Games in 1904. The analysis of the results achieved by Russian boxers on international arenas in recent years makes it possible to state that today boxing is among one of the most sustainable Olympic sports in Russia.

Evgeny Murov
Chairperson of the Supreme Supervisory Board of the Russian Boxing Federation

Boris Ivanyuzhenkov
President of the Russian Boxing Federation

Since that time when the national boxing team of Russia started to perform on international arenas as an independent team (this happened in 1993) at the Olympic Games it won 9 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze medals. In total (if the Soviet period is included) they won 23 gold, 25 silver and 31 bronze medals.

Starting with 1952 Soviet and Russian boxers at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships won 201 gold, 102 silver and 109 bronze medals. The bigger share of the said medals belongs to European Championships where our advantage looks simply overwhelming: 144 gold, 52 silver and 48 bronze medals were won here so far. To compare: this is by 115 gold medals more than in the national team of Poland, which is second in this count. In the near future hardly any other team will be able not only to overcome but repeat the record of the national team of Russia, which won 9 gold medals at three in row Championships of Europe (2002, 2004 and 2006). Boxing is still very popular with the youth. It is proved by the fact that boxing at present is being developed in all subjects of the Russian Federation and departmental sports organizations – Armed Forces and Dynamo; physical training and sports societies and associations – Russian Student Sports Union, Youth of Russia, Lokomotiv and Central Union of Trade Unions Rossia.

291,257 people are engaged in boxing in the regions of the Russian Federation, of whom 9,064 are women. The work carried out by the Presidium, interregional bureaus of the Russian Boxing Federation and regional sports federations made it possible in 2011 compared to 2008 to increase the number of people engaged in boxing in Russia by 14.6 per cent.

The largest number of people engaged in boxing live in Krasnodar Krai, Dagestan, Moscow Oblast, Bashkortostan, Chelyabinsk and Rostov Oblasts, Moscow, Samara and Kemerovo Oblasts, St. Petersburg, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Primorsky Krai, Irkutsk Oblast and other.

One of the main goals of the Russian Boxing Federation is the development of children's and youth sports, development of the efficient system of selection and detection of sportsmen in order to prepare sports reserves.

Monitoring showed that in 2011 the number of departments in the children's and youth and specialized children's and youth sports schools increased by 14.3 per cent and the number of sportsmen trained in them – by 9.8 per cent. At present in the system of additional children's education of the Russian Federation there are 1,356 departments of children's and youth and specialized children's and youth sports schools, in which 145,511 people go in for boxing. Compared to 2008 the number of those engaged in study and training groups increased by 7.3 per cent, in groups of elementary training – by 14.6 per cent, in sports and health improvement groups – by 20.8 per cent, in the age group under 15 – by 7.8 per cent. The number of those sports schools students, possessing sports category – by 2.2 per cent.

They carry out the work on training of top sportsmen. Only in 2012 3 sportsmen were awarded the titles of the Honorary master of sports, 10 – international master of sports and 114 – master of sport.

The indicator of the successful performance at the largest international competitions is the preparation of international masters of sports and masters of sports. This indicator should become one of the criteria for the assessment of the work on the training of the reserves for national teams. Correspondingly, this is the training of top sportsmen, which should be assured and stimulated.

A serious importance is gaining the activity of different sports boxing clubs, which today should become one of the organizational foundations of the whole sports movement, what can be seen in leading countries of the world. We should pay attention to the coaching staff. Compared to 2008 it quantitative composition increased by 8 per cent; at present 4,473 coaches work in boxing. The number of full time coaches increased by 13 per cent, coaches with higher sports education – by 14.8 per cent, coaches with top coaching category – 7.1 per cent, coaches with first qualifying category – 12.6 per cent, coaches with second category – by 0.7 per cent. At present in boxing there work 165 Honored coaches of Russia. In 2010-2012 this title was awarded to 9 people.

Boxers of Russia (head coach N. Khromov) successfully performed at the World Championship of 2009, at which they won 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals and at the World Championship in Baku in 2011 – 1 gold and 2 bronze medals. At the European Championships of 2010 and 2011 representatives of Russia were first as a team.

The biggest input in the training of the members of the national teams was made by the societies Dynamo, Armed Forces and Lokomotiv, Boxing Federations of Moscow, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Kaluga, Chelyabinsk and Kostroma Oblasts, Moscow, Dagestan, the Chechen Republic, Bashkortostan, Stavropol, Khabarovsk Krais and other.

Junior and youth national teams of Russia were successful at the European Championships. They were first as a team at the European Championships of 2009, 2011 among juniors (head coach O. Menshikov). The quality of work with reserves was manifested at the World Championship of 2012 among juniors, held in December in Yerevan, at which the national team of Russia became first and in the hard struggle was ahead of the national teams of England and Cuba.

The national team of Russia (head coach V. Volkov) was first as a team at the World Championships among senior juniors in 2009, 2011, at the European Championships – in 2010, 2011, 2012 and at the European Championships among middle age juniors – in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

By the recommendation of the Coaches' Council of the Boxing Federation of Russia in January of 2011 they created junior national team of Russia of 19-22 years of age (head coach I. Shidlovsky). The result of this work in 2012 became first team place of the national team of Russia at the first European Championship 2012 among juniors, held in December in Kaliningrad by European Boxing Confederation at the initiative of the Boxing Federation of Russia.

Since 1996 Russia started to develop women's boxing, which is becoming ever more popular with girls, especially after its inclusion in the Olympic program. Thus, in 2011 the number of those engaged in this sport increased by 27.5 per cent compared to 2008.

By the results shown by sportsmen at international competitions we can judge for sure the state of that sport in the country, which they represent. In the autumn of 2010 women's national team of Russia (head coach V. Lisitsyn) won after a long break the World Championship in Barbados with 2 gold and 1 silver medals. Before that with great advantage it won the European Championship in Nikolaev, Ukraine. Last year it proved its leading positions in Europe in Rotterdam. In general, if we speak about the current Olympic four-year cycle, we could hardly recollect a single tournament before the World Championship in China, at which the national team of Russia gained the place lower than the first one. Last year at the World Championship in Tsynkhundao, China our girls won 1 gold, 
1 silver and 7 bronze medals.

The national team of Russia (head coach Yu. Chebotarev) was first as a team at the World and European Championships among juniors and girls of older age in 2011 and in 2012 at the European Championship, including Olympic weight classes as well.

Now it is necessary to stop at the results of Russian boxers' performance at the last 30th Summer Olympic Games in London. As it is known they won six medals and became first among the countries participants by the total number of medals. Compared with the previous Olympic Games these Games for the Russian national boxing team as well as the Olympic Games of 2004 were second by the number of different medals won. Only at the Olympic Games of 2000 they won seven medals.

Now the number of men's weight classes is decreased. But for the first time in the history of Olympic Games the Olympic program includes the tournament among women boxers. It was necessary to take into account that of 79 countries, which were allowed to participate in the Games, not a single team won a complete set of 13 licenses by the sum of men's and women's program. Thus in the men's program of the Games only Australians had a full team and the boxers from the USA got nine licenses, but all of them lost their first bouts and didn't win a single medal. The united team from Great Britain, teams of Ukraine and Cuba, which were on the podium as a team, didn't have a full team as well.

To participate in the Games men won 7 Olympic licenses out of 10 quotas and women – 3 licenses out of 3. As a result, Egor Mekhontsev (81 kg) won gold medal, Sophia Ochigava (60 kg) and Nadezhda Torlopova (75 kg) – two silver medals and three bronze medals went to men – David Airapetyan (under 49 kg), Mikhail Aloyan (52 kg) and Andrey Zamkovoi (69 kg).

Compared with the number of medals at the previous Olympic Games of 2008, at which Russian boxers won only 3 medals, 6 medals at the Olympic Games of 2012 is, of course, undoubted progress. But in Beijing there were 2 gold medals, then in London Russians got only one. According to the specialists, out of 7 boxers representing Russia at the last Olympiad two of them became victims of biased refereeing – David Airapetyan and Sergey Vodopianov. Egor Mekhontsev was about to lose his deserved gold medal when ringside judges at first produced absolutely opposite to what was happening in the ring score 15:15 in his final fight versus Niyazymbetov from Kazakhstan. And, according to the specialists, on the contrary, Mikhail Aloyan, Andrey Zamkovoi, Arthur Beterbiev and Magomed Omarov were defeated naturally. In its turn the headquarters of the women's team also has claims to refereeing. If the defeats of Elena Savelieva and Nadezhda Torlopova they don't dispute, then the defeat of Sophia Ochigava in the final fight they impugn. Sophia Ochigava lacked something little to win in her final bout.

On October 11, 2012 at its sitting the Presidium of the Russian Boxing Federation discussed the results of the performance of the men's and women's national teams of Russia at the 30th Olympic games in London and assessed them as satisfactory.

During a number of years we have been second at the Students' World Championships, except for 2008, then at the Championship in Kazan we were first. Everything is not so smooth as we'd like to. Alongside with this, it is clear that these are students of higher and vocational schools who make our Olympic future. For the first time our country hosts Summer World Universiade, the program of which includes boxing. One of the most important goals is to worthily perform at it.

The Russian Federation hosted a number of the largest official international competitions including European Championship in 2010 and European Championship among students in 2011 in Moscow; Junior European Championship (19–22 years) in 2012 in Kaliningrad; Junior European Championship in Anapa, Grozny, Girls' Junior European Championship in Orenburg. The said competitions became bright sports events, which attracted the attention of mass media and provided for further popularization and development of boxing in this country.

Among the factors, determining successes of our teams, both junior and national ones, of course, is correctly structured work of the Russian Boxing Federation.

The activities of the Presidium, interregional bureaus of the Russian Boxing Federation and the regional sports boxing federations of the subjects of the Russian Federation in 2009-2012 were directed at the solution of the tasks on the realization of the Strategy of the Development of Physical Training and Sports in the Russian Federation for the Period until 2020, adopted by the Government of the Russian Federation on October 7, 2009 No 1101-p and realization of the Main and Priority Directions of the Activities of the All-Russia Public Organization “Russian Boxing Federation” for the period 2008–2012, adopted by the reporting conference of the Federation on October 11, 2008 in Kaliningrad.

80 regional public sports federations and 5 public associations of physical training and sports societies are members of the All-Russia Public Organization the Russian Boxing Federation.

The supreme supervisory body of the Russian Boxing Federation is the Supreme Supervisory Board of the Federation headed by E. Murov. The Board is composed of the First Deputy Chairperson B. Mylnikov and members – Yu. Aleksejev, I. Blagodar, V. Bodrenkov, L. Kazinets, V. Krasnov, V. Mashitsky, V. Tarasov, O. Sharykin, D. Safonov and A. Ray.

At the last conference of the Russian Boxing Federation held on November 18, 2012 in Syktyvkar and attended by 103 delegates from 68 accredited regional sports federations they adopted a new draft statute of the Federation and canceled the earlier edition in force. They made a decision on the early cancelation of the powers of the Federation Presidium and its President due to the adoption of the new statute of the Federation and election for a four-year term of the Federation President B. Ivanyuzhenkov and standing ruling organ – the Executive Committee of the Federation, which includes B. Ivanyuzhenkov, President of the Federation; 
A, Danko, First Vice-President of the Federation; Yu. Aleksejev, A. Lebzyak, D. Lunev, E. Sudakov and V. Tarasov. The adopted the main and priority directions of the Federation activities for the period 2012–2016 taking into account the suggestions of the regional boxing federations members of the Russian Boxing Federation.

Since 2009 after the reporting and election conference of the Russian Boxing Federation in Podolsk they held 15 sittings of the Federation Presidium, at which they discussed 82 questions on different types of the Federation's activities.

In order to organizationally and methodically assure the interactions of the regional sports federations and develop boxing in the subjects of the Russian Federation and federal regions in the structure of the Federation they set up interregional bureaus.

On November 8, 2012 at the sitting of the Presidium of the Russian Boxing Federation they appointed the following persons heads of the interregional bureaus of the Federation: E. Timofejev in the Far Eastern Federal Region; S. Tulakov in the North-Eastern Federal Region; I. Gordejev in the Siberian Federal Region; V. Tebekin in the Central Federal Region; V. Klimenko in the Southern Federal Region; P. Pavlov in the Privolzhsky Federal Region and S. Khalidov in the North Caucasus Federal Region.

The referees' Commission worked out the rules of the boxing competitions of 2011 and 2012; they carry out the work on the formation of the referees' commissions on holding sports events; nomination of candidatures of Russian referees for the title of international categories of AIBA 1, 2, and 3 stars; holding of referees' seminars. The Commission on transfers discussed the questions on the transfer of 60 boxers from one physical training and sports organization in the other including other republics. The Commission on the development of junior and youth boxing discussed questions on the formation of national teams and their participation in the important tournaments.

The Supreme Coaches' Council, set up on July 31, 2010, determines the directions of the preparation of the national teams of Russia, organizational and methodical regulation of the sports activities and training process as well as the assurance of the research and methodical activities of the interregional and regional federations. 22 highly qualified specialists participate in the work of the Council. They are head coaches of the men's and women's national teams, chief coaches on the reserve training, leading coaches, specialists and leading researchers, 5 consultants, 7 head coaches of the Federal Sports Society and departments. For urgent solution of organizational questions they set up the Bureau of the Coaches' Council consisting of 9 persons. They held 9 sittings of the Supreme Coaches” Council including those in St. Petersburg, Podolsk, Kislovodsk and Chekhov. They held seminars on the training and further training of coaching personnel in St. Petersburg, Perm, Kemerovo, Ufa, Khanty-Mansiysk and Surgut. The Coaching Commission of AIBA with the participation of the members of the Supreme Coaches' Council of the Boxing Federation of Russia prepared a text book in English for coaches. The materials of the text book will be used by coaches for taking the exams on the conferment of AIBA category, giving them the right of seconding at international competitions.

To ensure organizational, administrative and business activities of the Russian Boxing Federation they set up the Managerial Board of the Federation headed by E. Sudakov, which was approved on April 1, 2010. The Board carries out active and joint work with regional federations, prepared and published in 2011 together with the publishing house Chelovek a second revised edition of the encyclopedia Boxing. In 2012 there started its activities the printed organ of the Boxing Federation of Russia – the almanac Boxing of Russia, which will be published two times a year.

The Presidium of the Federation carries out the work on broadening international ties and strengthening cooperation with the boxing federations of Azerbaijan, Germany, Cuba and Kazakhstan.

The Russian Boxing Federation carries out the work on the extension of Russia's representation in international boxing organizations. The following persons are representatives of Russia in AIBA: E. Murov – a member of the AIBA Executive Council, special envoy of the AIBA President; K. Koptsev – a member of the Coaching Commission; S. Tulakov – a member of the Technical Commission; S. Berdnik – a member of the Referees' Commission; D. Lunev – a member of the Commission of the World Boxing Series; N. Karpovich – a member of the Women's Commission; A. Neverkovich – a member of the Medical Commission. The Russian Federation is represented in the European Boxing Confederation by E. Murov – EBC Vice-President, K. Koptsev – Chairperson of the Coaching Commission, E. Sudakov – Deputy Chairperson of the Referees' Commission, N. Karpovich – a member of the Women's Commission, A. Neverkovich – a member of the Women's Commission, A. Artemov – a member of the Commission on Development, A. Tokarev – a member of the Commission on Marketing, P. Gumennikov – a member of the Commission on Competitions. V. Markov and A. Neverkovich are among International Technical Officers; S. Berdnik, V. Laptev and V. Rachkov are among Technical Delegates. The Federation works in order to increase their representation in international boxing organizations.

At present there occur deep changes in the development of the world boxing. At the sitting of the AIBA Executive Committee in Astana, Kazakhstan held on July 31 – August 1, 2011, President of the International Boxing Association Ching-Kuo Wu announced on the intention of the Association to unite under its auspices not only Olympic but professional boxing as well. The President noticed the success of the World Series of Boxing, team tournament, fighting rules and refereeing in which are close to those of the professional boxing; he declared the creation of the AIBA Professional Boxing Program (APB).

The implementation of the said Program followed in further decisions of the AIBA Executive Committee on September 23, 2011 in Baku and its confirmation in the statute at the AIBA Extraordinary Congress on September 24, 2011. Later all five AIBA Continental Confederations made amendments in their statutes, which were approved by the AIBA Executive Committee on July 9, 2012 in Bangkok.

AIBA worked out recommendations for the national federations on the development of APB.

On November 18, 2012 the Russian Boxing Federation at its conference approved the amendments in the statute and made a decision on the creation of the structural subdivision with the Federation responsible for the participation of Russian boxers in the World Boxing Series as well as on the implementation of the AIBA Professional Boxing Program on the territory of the Russian Federation.

56 APB boxers qualified in the qualifying Olympic tournament in June 2015 are allowed to participate in the Olympic games of 2016. Boxers qualified in the APB national, continental and World Championships are allowed to participate in the said tournament. To finance the activities of the Association in new conditions they set up their own Boxing Marketing Arm, which will be the main promoter of boxers and organizer of all competitions in the APB framework. Besides, it will be selling its rights for the Olympic and professional competitions in the AIBA framework and finance further development of programs.

At present AIBA is actively working on the attraction of world elite leading boxers to participate in APB tournaments (V. Lomachenko, M. Medjidov and other). It is necessary to note that the formula of the team championship of the World Boxing Series is gradually acquiring its spectators. In any case, this is indirectly manifested by the growing rating of TV broadcasts on the channels Rossia-2 and Boitsovsky Club, on which WSB matches were broadcast live. 24 TV companies from 80 countries showed the said matches and 11,000 fans in Facebook were closely following WSB events. Participation in 2012 in the finals of the WSB Team Championship is a great success of the team Dynamo (D. Lunev, President of the Club; E. Kravtsov, head coach). It must be also taken into account that 16 WSB boxers are allowed to participate in the Olympic games of 2016, which increases the importance of the said competitions.

Taking into account the said factors, i.e. admittance of the APB and WSB boxers to participate in the Olympic games of 2016, who possess 66 licenses from the general quota, which leads to the growth of the competition in the Olympic boxing. Thus, the selection for the remaining licenses of the Olympic quota becomes even harder. The licenses will be contested at the World Championship in 2015 and Olympic qualifying tournaments.

The work carried out by AIBA, Russian Boxing Federation, interregional bureaus and regional federations provides for the popularization of boxing both in the world and the Russian Federation.

An important role in the popularity of boxing belongs to the examples of the former and present stars, starting with Boris Lagutin, Oleg Saitov, Aleksey Tishchenko and ending with Egor Mekhontsev, of the Olympic boxing, which make a choice in favor of boxing!

The main tasks of the Russian Boxing Federation in the next Olympic cycle is the assurance of the participation of Russian boxers in the official international tournaments and strengthening of Russia's positions at the international level, development of the material and technical base necessary for the engagement in boxing in the country, as well as the creation of the system of work with regional sports organizations, federal organs and organs of power of the subjects of the Russian Federation on the development of boxing. These are the three pillars, which ensure the wellbeing of our sport and which are determinative in the work of the Russian Boxing Federation. This is half the battle!

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