The twenty-second International Military Boxing Championships, held this year for the first time in Africa, got under way at the Central Boxing Club in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Friday (July 24).
GV Central Boxing Club
CU I.C.M.S. flag
CU Boxing time table
SV PAN W.Germany, USA, Ghana, Italy,Thailand contingents enter arena (7 shots)
SV Mr. Kouadio M'Bahia Ble & wife watch
SV Col. P. Debrus of France, with wife
TV Flyweight bout begins between Duangho Oom Prapan (Thailand) & David Clay (USA) (blue corner) (2 shots)
SV Military personnel watching
TV Prapan declared winner
Ambassadors to Ivory Coast of countries represented.
Start of Bantamweight bout between (Red Corner) Georg Diem of W.Germany & C. Coleman of Ghana (9 shots)
SV Coleman of Ghana declared winner
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Background: The twenty-second International Military Boxing Championships, held this year for the first time in Africa, got under way at the Central Boxing Club in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Friday (July 24).
Organised under the auspices of the International Council of Military Sport, the Championships, last held in 1969 at Salonica in Greece, brought together boxers from the armed forces of West Germany, United States, Ghana, Thailand, Iran, Italy, France, and the Ivory Coast. At Salonica Ivory Coast won one gold medal, and two bronze.
The various national contingents made a ceremonial entry into the arena, to be welcomed by the Ivory Coast Armed Forces and Civil Service Minister Mr. Kouadio M'Bahia Ble.
In the quarter-finals, which occupied the first day of the Championships, most of the winners gained points decisions.
At light flyweight, Thailand's Duangho Oom Prapan beat David Clay of the United States.
And at Bantamweight, C. Coleman of Ghana beat Georg Diem of West Germany, also on points.
The International Council for Military Sports came into being in 1948, under the Presidency of Colonel P. Debrus of France. Today it has 40 member states, and this number is expected to increase.
The Ivory Coast has been a member of the Council since 1964, and participated in athletics, soccer, and cross-country as well as boxing.
The Championships are due to end on Thursday (July 30).