With such a collection of dignitaries gathered in just one place, the excitement in the room was almost palpable, as plans were made for Venezuela’s debut WSB season.
“Caciques de Venezuela will definitely boost all boxing programs in Venezuela, which is already a country with a rich history of involvement in this great sport,” said Mr Terán, the Venezuelan Vice Minister of Sport who was effusive in his support of the team, and offered his thoughts on a momentous day.
“The fans will enjoy Caciques de Venezuela competing in the fifth season of WSB, which was an initiative of both our boxing federation and WSB, and will be presented to our president, who is looking forward to welcoming the president of AIBA to the Caciques’ inaugural match in the competition.” he concluded.
Venezuela have been drawn in Group B for Season V, with their first home match taking place in week two against last season’s runners-up Azerbaijan Baku Fires.
WSB CEO Karim Bouzidi gave a glowing report of Venezuela’s home venue and expressed immense pride on behalf of both the WSB and AIBA on the Caciques’ entry into the competition.
“Venezuela is a country that has a distinguished love of boxing, and on behalf of AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and the entire AIBA board, we would like to thank the Venezuelan national sports authorities who have made their WSB debut a reality.”
“Personally I am overwhelmed with the support the Caciques will have for everybody concerned with the team. I have seen the venue for Venezuela’s home ties, the incredible Poliedro de Caracas, which has a capacity of more than 13,000 spectators. Consequently, this fantastic support will ensure that Caciques will be a very difficult team to beat at home.” said Mr Bouzidi.
Season V of WSB will see every boxer in the tournament eligible to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Frank Lopez, President of the Venezuelan Boxing Federation spoke passionately on this matter.
“This is a historic day for Venezuela with the introduction of Caciques de Venezuela to the World Series of Boxing and we are very pleased that this will give our athletes the opportunity of compete against the best boxers in the world and also the possibility of obtaining 17 quota places for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“I salute and congratulate AIBA and Dr Ching- Kuo Wu for his vision, and am very thankful to our national sport authorities for supporting this project which will see a rebirth of the sport in Venezuela.”
Eduardo Alvarez, the Venezuelan Olympic Committee President highlighted the unity of WSB.
“The Venezuelan Olympic Committee will embrace this program, and will explore the possibilities to apply this system at a national level as we believe this will increase the competition level of our boxers.
“We have seen this type of competition has given us great results in other sports, and we expect boxing will be no different.”
Team captain Gabriel Maestre is a WSB veteran, and described his excitement at competing for his home country.
“I want to express my thanks to the Minister and the Boxing Federation. I gained experience competing in the WSB last year with the USA Knockouts and now will be able to box for my country in the tournament. None of us can wait for it to start, and to provide enjoyment to our people.”