Tokyo set the stage for a pivotal meeting between IBA President and Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry

24 November 2023

Tokyo, Japan  Today marked a pivotal meeting between the President of the International Boxing Association (IBA), Umar Kremlev, and Mr. Nishimura Yasutoshi, the current Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan (METI).

During the productive discussions, a broad spectrum of collaboration was explored, placing special emphasis on sports development, particularly in the realm of boxing. President Kremlev highlighted the ongoing commitment to strengthen prize money at IBA championships, recognizing its role in not only motivating athletes but also in advancing the global stature of boxing. The President of the IBA also conveyed a powerful desire to host the prestigious IBA World Championships in Japan, marking a significant milestone in the continued growth of the sport. Both parties underscored the pivotal role of sports as a catalyst for strengthening international relations and fostering cultural exchange.

Adding to the significance of the meeting, Sewonrets Okazawa, the esteemed World Champion and participant in the TOKYO2020 Olympics, attended the meeting. On 9 December 2023, Sewonrets Okazawa is set to showcase his talent at the IBA Champions’ Night in Dubai. President Kremlev extended his heartfelt best wishes to Sewonrets Okazawa, who will proudly represent Japan in the upcoming bout, highlighting the unity that sports bring on a global stage. The collaboration and aspirations discussed in this meeting symbolize a shared commitment to advancing the landscape of international boxing.

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