Dear Boxers, Coaches, Supporters and Clubs
Following consultation with our various partners and our Senior Management team, it is with great regret that we must inform everyone involved in the Elite and Youth preliminaries scheduled to take place on Saturday 14 March and Sunday 15 March 2020 will now not be happening as planned due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
As a Governing Body of Sport, we have been keeping a very close eye on developments and are aware of the ever increasing amount of signifcant sporting events being cancelled. Furthermore, having been in touch with Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre, it was confirmed by centre management that there will still be a number of events taking place within the facility over the weekend. This means we cannot guarantee that the Preliminaries will be a gathering of less than 500 people as per recently published government guidance. We appreciate this will cause significant inconvenience for those involved in the event but we must minimise the risk of infection as much as we possibly can. We also have a responsibility for the health and welfare of our members, family members and spectators.
As an alternative, the preliminaries will now be contested on the weekend of 21 & 22 March 2020 in the Boxing Scotland High Performance Centre in Bridgeton Glasgow. Depending on further guidance expected on Monday, there is a very high liklihood that both days of boxing will take place behind closed doors with only Boxers, Coaches and Officials present. We have the means to screen all the action live via an internet stream.
We will ensure adequate sanitary provisions are in place for everyone and it is recommended that all boxers still wishing to compete use their own bandages, head guards and gloves (head guards and gloves must be AIBA licensed equipment).
We shall continue to monitor the situation very closely and communicate any further information relating to the championships as soon as we possibly can. We can only apologise for the disruption to our 2020 Championships but feel it is the correct and only decision to take at this juncture.