Boxing star Megan De Claire was eliminated in the second round of the world championships in New Delhi. And the 19-year-old boxer, who participated in the tournament without the permission of the Dutch Boxing Federation NBB, lost as much as 63 kg in the row to the second-place Mexican Guadalupe Solís Acosta.
The jury ruled that the Mexican won 4-1 on points over the Dutch team, who won the silver medal in the Youth World Cup last year.
The Dutch Boxing Association expelled De Clare from the squad when it became known that she was still participating in the World Cup despite NBB’s boycott of IBA-organised events. Earlier, Great Britain, the United States, Ireland and Canada, among others, had already decided to avoid the IBA tournaments, because the International Federation had allowed boxers from Russia and Belarus to participate under its flag for a few months now. Thus, the pro federation goes against the rules set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year after the Russian army invaded Ukraine.
“De Claire was entered by the IBF for the World Cup without our permission,” said chairman Boris van der Voorst after her debut. “The KNVB has offered boxers from countries avoiding the World Cup to participate. De Clare seems to have raised a finger. Our coach has sanctioned her. She has been deregistered from the KNVB and is therefore no longer part of TeamNL.”
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