BUDAPEST: The annual congress of the International Boxing Association has been postponed following the outbreak of Coronavirus that has been spreading fast. The meeting was scheduled to be held in March in the national capital of Hungary.
The AIBA said in its statement, "Extraordinary AIBA Congress, scheduled in Budapest on March, is postponed for 3-month period because of Coronavirus outbreak. AIBA Executive Committee took this decision by e-mail vote due to the force majeure. AIBA National Federations are invited to attend an Extraordinary AIBA Congress on June 20th, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary."
This postponement also prompts an extension of Mohamed Moustahsane as the Interim President of the AIBA Congress that is now to be held on June 20th.
Moustahsane said in the AIBA statement, "With the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, many Governments are considering restrictive measures including cancellation of events in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, bearing in mind that such measures and recommendations are in constant evolution."
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A letter from the Hungarian Boxing Federation asked the AIBA to postpone the Congress after the Hungarian Health Authorities raised concerns. It comes a few days after the cancellation of the European leg of AIBA's continental forum in Italy, which has been grappling with the pandemic with the latest figures stating that the disease has claimed almost 80 lives in the country.