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AIBA changed to IBA as boxing determined to stay at Olympics******
LONDON, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The International Boxing Association has changed its acronym from AIBA to IBA on Monday, promising to adopt a set of governance reforms so as to keep the sport's inclusion at Olympics.。
Three days ago, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon may potentially be included in the LA28 Initial Sports Program by the IOC Session in 2023 if by then the respective IFs have demonstrated to the IOC EB's satisfaction that they have addressed certain areas.。
The international governing body of boxing expressed their gratefulness as boxing will remain on the Olympic Program for Paris 2024 and a pathway has been established for inclusion on the Olympic Program of Los Angeles 2028.。
"Just three days ago, the IOC gave its most recent advice to IBA, which included the adoption of governance reforms and diversifying our sources of revenue. It is a sign of how far IBA has come that we were already prepared to deliver convincing progress towards this at full speed," said IBA president Umar Kremlev.。
"We are doing much more than making very big improvements in individual parts of IBA. We are changing our whole culture in a lasting way. The new IBA is ready to serve the boxers of today and tomorrow, together with all those who support them," continued the Russian.。
During the IBA's Extraordinary Congress on Monday, a total of 107 of IBA's national federations were in attendance to approve changes such as the creation of a new Boxing Independent Integrity Unit, the decrease of the Board of Directors from 28 members to 18.。
Kremlev is confident that as long as IBA keeps working hard in terms of sporting integrity, financial integrity and governance, there will be no reason for boxing to be excluded from the 2028 Olympic Games.。
The IBA has also begun work towards defining weight categories and developing an Olympic Qualification System, subject to IOC approval, for Paris 2024. Enditem。
Moldova opposes politicization of sports: Olympic chief******
BUCHAREST, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Moldova's National Olympic and Sports Committee resolutely opposed the politicization of sports, supports and wishes Beijing to hold a wonderful, successful Winter Olympics, the country's Olympic chief Nicolae Juravschi said on Friday.。
The Olympic Spirit is the common pursuit of humanity and the Beijing Winter Olympics is another grand event in the International Olympic Movement, Juravschi told Chinese embassy in Chisinau, stressing that "China's preparations for the event and the international test competitions in the previous stage have left a deep impression on everyone, making us look forward to coming event in February in Beijing."
According to the official, Moldova will send a sport delegation consisting of 15 people to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics.。
Juravschi wished the athletes of the two countries to achieve good results in the coming Winter Olympics. Enditem。
Russian forces hit 821 Ukrainian military infrastructure objects******
The Russian Armed Forces have destroyed 821 Ukrainian military infrastructure objects, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
"In total, the Russian Armed Forces hit 821 military infrastructure objects of Ukraine. Among them: 14 military airfields, 19 control points and communication centers, 24 S-300 and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems, 48 radar stations," Konashenkov said, according to a statement published by the ministry.
Seven combat planes, seven helicopters and nine drones have been downed, he said, adding that 87 tanks and other armored vehicles, 28 multiple launch rocket systems, and 118 special military vehicles have been destroyed.
"The Russian Navy destroyed eight military boats of the Ukrainian Navy," the spokesman said.