16th May 2019

TO Provincial Councils and County Boards

(Please circulate to all clubs in your area)

Re: Other Physical Contact Sports

AIBA Technical Rules prohibit any athlete from competing as a boxer whilst at the same time being a member of any other Physical Contact Sport.  In addition, the Rules lay down the procedures to be followed if any National Federation wishes to register a boxer who has competed in any other contact sport. 

We have been in communication with AIBA Executive Director, Mr Tom Virgets, who confirmed to us that the Rule has universal application, i.e. it applies to all ages.  However, he was sympathetic to our suggestion that consideration be given to relaxing the Rule for younger boxers, i.e. pre-teens. It is our intention to submit proposals to AIBA in this regard. 

In the meantime, however, we must point out that the AIBA Rule remains unchanged. No athlete can continue to compete as a boxer while being a member of any other contact sport. We are obliged to bring this to your attention in response to the number of queries received.

Kind regards,

Art O’Brien

Hon Secretary

AIBA Technical and Competition Rules Page 6

“Individual Physical Contact Sport” means any of the following sports in any of their forms: Aikido, Cage Fighting, Judo, Ju-jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, K-1, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, MMA, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Wushu and such other sports as may be deemed by AIBA to be an individual physical contact sport;