AIBA (International Boxing Association)
AIBA is the world governing body for the sport of boxing in across all formats and all categories (men and women included), with 201 Member Federations. AIBA also concentrates on the growth at grassroots, develop youth and elite boxing and creating new opportunities at amateur level and also in pro-boxing. AIBA’s vision for boxing also embraces and adheres to the spirit and values of the Olympic Movement. AIBA ensures the highest levels of transparent standards in for all of our global competitions, rankings, judging and boxers’ remuneration.
The government of India- Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, with the Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports in India, is functioning under Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as its Minister of State (Independent Charge).
The Ministry’s role is very vital in all aspects, including providing NOC to host the Championships. The NOC, in turn, helps clearance from the Ministries of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs in the process of Visa clearance for all the teams. Besides, the Sports Ministry also offers financial assistance to the Federation for the conduct of major national and international camps both in India and abroad, apart from footing the travel and other expenses of Indian squads. The Ministry has extended all its support for organizing the World Championship, here in New Delhi.
Sports Authority of India
Sports Authority of India (SAI) is a quasi-autonomous body that works under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, came into being in 1986. When set up, the role of SAI was to broad-base sports in the country, including hunting talents and training. But over the decades, SAI has grown in stature, including bringing excellence in sports across India. Today, it has nine Regional Centers in the country and SAI’s roles are ever expanding with India emerging as a major sporting nation. Under its jurisdiction are the many stadia in New Delhi, including the KD Jhadav Hall, which is a part of the IG Stadium, where the Worlds will be held. Without the help of SAI, it wouldn’t have been possible to host the Championship in India.
Khelo India Scheme
The programme, which was conceived by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has caught the imagination of young and prospective sportspersons in the country within a year of its inauguration. Khelo India was mainly devised to rope in young school kids to inculcate a sporting habit to first have state-level sports meets and then the champion schools converging on the National capital for the all-India events, the first edition was held last January. Needless to say, it became a great hit.
Giving a further boost this year, under the Khelo India programme several Olympic disciplines have been included to benefit talented boys and girls. So much so, the scheme offers monetary benefits directly to the school kids that are selected purely on the basis of national ranking in each of the disciplines they pursue. The amount, paid into their accounts every month, takes care of their kitting and equipment.
New Delhi, the Venue of the Worlds
It’s the capital of India and of Delhi state, on the right bank of the Yamuna River. Predominantly an administrative centre was constructed between 1912 and 1929 to replace Calcutta (now Kolkata) as a capital of British India. New Delhi was officially inaugurated in 1931. The city, which boasts of one of the finest International Airports, is also a transportation hub with its lifeline Delhi Metro serving the length and breadth of the city. It has many trade centre with manufacturers in electronics, automobile parts, engineering products, and electrical appliances.
Designed by architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, New Delhi has broad, symmetrically aligned streets that provide vistas of historic monuments. Between the main government buildings, a broad boulevard leads east to west from India Gate, a massive war memorial arch (built 1921), through a great court to the resplendent sandstone and marble Government House (formerly the viceroy’s palace; now the residence of India’s President).
In its must-visit list, the city has several edifices, including Parliament House, the Red Fort, Qutub Minar and memorials like the Raj Ghat, where the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was buried after his assassination in 1948.
There are several other attractions in its neighbourhood, including the Taj Mahal at Agra, a three-hour drive, and Rajasthan cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, which are famous for their forts and mahals.
While in Delhi, a walk through Chandni Chowk, part of Old Delhi will help satiate one’s appetite as there are many eateries which offer mouth-watering sweets and local specialities.