The World Boxing Association (WBA) held an innovative online opening ceremony on July 2, the official opening day of the 99th anniversary of this pioneer organization.
It was conducted by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza accompanied by Renzo Bagnariol, who presented different musical groups such as the Guatapé Children’s Choir and the C4 Trio, while great figures such as the Russian Umar Kremlev sent greetings to the WBA.
In addition, a video was recorded, and some champions such as Badou Jack, Yesica Bopp, Hanna Gabriels, Roman Gonzalez, Can Xu, and other great fighters congratulated the WBA on this special day for the organization and boxing in general.
The ceremony was a delightful moment and took place after the ranking and championship meeting. It was a great day for the organization born in 1921. The ceremony was followed by the most important talk of the day. Arum and Don King attended the ceremony and talked to President Mendoza about the history of this pioneering organization and their relationship over the years.
The WBA is the first boxing organization to hold a world convention under the new normality built by the pandemic. It has been possible by using the available Internet platforms and digital communication apps. As a pioneer, the organization is at the forefront in line with the management models that are already implemented by leading sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, FIBA, MLB, NFL and NBA, among others.