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Update on the World Youth Championships

Please find below a letter from the O.C.B.C., President Ted Tanner regarding the qualification process for the World Youth Championships which was forwarded to all National Federations on the 18 August 2016.  As further information becomes available it will be posted on this website.



Dear All,

Entry of Boxers into 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships

Presently, I am officiating at the Rio Olympic Games Boxing Tournament.
I have taken the opportunity of being here to take up with AIBA its intention to restrict entry of
boxers into the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships to be held in November in St. Petersburg,

The AIBA Executive Committee Meeting was advised at its meeting in July it was intended to restrict
entry into this tournament to 300 boxers. The meeting was advised it was proposed to achieve this
target by introducing, as yet undetermined, quotas for each Confederation for entry of boxers from
each into the Championships.
Following the meeting I wrote to AIBA seeking advice of when we would be informed of Oceania’s
entry quota. I was advised it had not yet been determined.
Now, in Rio de Janeiro, on taking this matter up with AIBA I am advised quotas for each
Confederation for entry of boxers to the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships will not be

Instead, another, yet to be determined ‘qualification test’ will be introduced to reduce the number
of entries.

I have advised that entry of a boxer into the World Championships based on number of international
bouts experience would disadvantage Oceania boxers because of their lack of opportunity to
participate in such competitions.

I shall, of course, further discuss this matter with AIBA.

Thank you for the time and effort a number of NFs have put into advising of their intended boxer
entries into the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships.

As it appears we shall now not have to conduct box‐offs to determine OCBC’s entries to the World
Championships I have asked David Pike to return to NFs all monies deposited with the entries.

I have, also, asked him to advise OCBC NFs of the entries. I have done so for transparency in case the
‘qualification test’ adopted by AIBA for entry into the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships
possibly necessitates consideration of this information.

With best wishes to all,

Ted Tanner
President, Oceania Boxing Confederation

Rio 2016 Olympics

The Olympic Games is due to start this Friday August 5 and will run through to Ausust 21.  The O.C.B.C. congratulates our seven Oceania boxers who are now in Rio preparing to compete in these games, what an amazing experience it will be for them.  The athletes are, from Australia, Shelley Watts Womans 60KG, Daniel Lewis Mens 75KG, and Jason Whatley Mens 91Kg. From the Federated States of Micronesia, Jennifer Chieng Womens 60KG, from Fiji, Winston Hill Mens 69KG, from Papua New Guinea, Thadius Katua Mens 60KG and form Vanuatu, Lionel Warawara Mens 56KG.  The competition will be tough but the O.C.B.C knows these boxers will do their best and perform at a very high standard.  We wish them all every success at thse games.

2016 World Youth Championships Oceania Selection Process

All National Federations have received information from the O.C.B.C. within the last week, of AIBAs intentionto impose entry quotas on Regional Confederations for entry into the 2016 Youth World Championships to be held next November in St Petersburg, Russia.  This quota system may necessitate box offs in Oceania to determine the allocation of the quota places.  A non refundable $US100 nomination fee (plus bank charges) will apply to any boxer wishing to enter the box offs.  National Federations must have their nominations to the Executive Director of the O.C.B.C. by no later than 5pm (Eastern Australian Standard Time) on the 16 August 2016.  The nomination fee must also have been received by the O.C.B.C, by direct credit to its bank account, by this time for nominatiuons to be accepted.  Due to the tight time frames no late entries will be accepted. For Information, the letter sent to all National Federations by O.C.B.C. President, Ted Tanner, is reproduced below.  



Dear All,

AIBA is introducing a ‘Quota’ on entries of boxers into the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia in November.

The Quota system is to be based on entries allowable from each Confederation for each weight category. National Federations will not be able to enter boxers into the World Championships unless the boxer is an eligible boxer from his Confederation.

However, the Quota of boxers to be allowed from each Confederation has not yet been determined!

I am awaiting advice from AIBA of the Quota for Oceania.

Nevertheless, as time is short it is necessary to make preparations now to determine the entries of boxers from Oceania whatever Oceania’s quota per weight category is determined to be ie two or three boxers per weight category (for the 2015 Elite Men’s World Championships Oceania’s quota was 2 boxers per weight category).

Accordingly, OCBC National Federations should by 16 August next notify David Pike, Executive Director of OCBC, of the names of boxers with their date of birth that they wish to enter into any necessary box-offs to determine the boxers from Oceania eligible to enter the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships.

The nominations of boxers are to be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $US 100 (exclusive of any applicable bank charges) in respect of each nominated boxer paid by the 16 August into the OCBC’s bank account. The boxer nomination fees received will used by OCBC to offset costs associated with any found to be necessary selection box-offs.

If the number of nominations of boxers by 16 August in a weight category is subsequently found to be equal to or less than OCBC’s entry Quota to the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships for that weight category then those boxers will be deemed to be boxers from Oceania eligible to enter the World Championships.

A National Federation will be responsible for the following costs associated with the entry of any boxer from its Federation into the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships:
• Travel, accommodation and meals of the boxer and any coach and other support person to a box-off to determine eligibility of an Oceania boxer to enter the World Championships, and
• An equal share of the costs of staging the box-off including the travel, accommodation and meal costs of the bout officials (Bout Supervisor and Referee and Judges etc), and
• Travel, accommodation and meal costs of the boxer and any coach and other support person to attend the World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

If the number of nominations of boxers received by 16 August in any weight category, in view of the advice received from AIBA of OCBC’s ‘quota’ for that weight category, is sufficient to require a box-off(s) for that weight category then it or they will be conducted.

If the overall number of box-off bouts required is sufficient to warrant an OCBC Selection Tournament such a tournament will be held at the Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia, 28-30 September next.

This late imposition by AIBA of a Quota on entries to the 2016 Men’s Youth World Championships is unexpected and unfortunate, and I ask for your patience with me as I attempt to deal as best as possible regarding it.

With kind regards,

Ted Tanner
President, Oceania Boxing Confederation



2016 Oceania Boxing Confederation (OCBC) General Assembly

There will be an Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting of the OCBC to commence 7pm, Friday, 15 July next in Suva, Fiji, at a location to be advised.

The opportunity is being taken to hold the General Meeting in association with the AIBA Star 1 Coach Certification Course to be held 11-17 July in Suva as it is hoped many OCBC National Federations will have representatives present at that time.

Notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting has previuously been forwarded to all National Federations by the OCBC Executive Director.  The term ‘Extraordinary General Meeting’ is used as it is a requirement for a General Meeting of the OCBC when it is not the mandatory ‘General Assembly Meeting’ required to be held every fourth year following the four yearly AIBA Congress.

All National Federations are invited to forward to the Executive Director, by 9 June next, items of business they wish to be discussed at the General Meeting.

An agenda will be forwarded to OCBC National Federation Members by 11 June next.

Enquires regarding possible accommodation options are being made and all OCBC National Federations will be advised closer to the meeting.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to be in contact with David Pike at .

One Star Coaching Course for Fiji

After negotiations with AIBA, the OCBC is delighted to announce a one star coaching course to take place in Fiji. If the course proves to be popular the OCBC will consider arranging a Two Star Course during 2017. All National Federations have been nbotified and provided with a participant list which must be filled in and returned to the OCBC Executive Director via e mail. The details of the course are Dates: 11 July 2016 - 17 July 2016. (Participants arrive 10 July - depart 18 July). Time: 9am - 5pm daily. Location: Olympic House, 17 Bau Street, Suva, Fiji. Course Fee: $US100 per candidate

It is requested that those attending the course bring with them a pair of boxing gloves for use during the course.
Candidates are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodation, and meals. Course fees ($US100) for each selected candidate, must be received by the OCBC no later than the 4 July 2016. Apartment style accommodation is available at Olympic House with two or three people to an apartment at very reasonable costs. Please contact Lyndall Fisher by e mail at if interested.

Morning tea and lunch can be supplied to those attending at a cost of $15 Fiji per candidate, per day if candidates are interested.
There is a maximum of twenty places on this course. Please nominate all coaches you wish to send. The OCBC in consultation with AIBA, will determine the final selection of candidates. Please Note: It is very important that submission of candidates received by me no later than 20 May 2016. Thank you in advance for your co operation in keeping to this time frame. Please feel free to e mail David Pike at with any questions.