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Boxing: Russia, Ukraine to clash in boxing ring

Published on Mar 20, 2014 6:30 AM

LAUSANNE (AFP) - Russia's planned international boxing clash against Ukraine will still go ahead over two nights in Moscow and Donetsk despite the escalating Crimea crisis, organisers insisted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 .

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) said that the World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarter-final first leg between the two countries will take place in the Russian capital on March 30 with the return on April 4 in Donetsk.

"This decision has been made based on the main principle of the Olympic Movement, which is that sport should always be dealt with outside of politics," said a joint statement by the two bodies.

"Both teams have fully agreed on this principle and AIBA/WSB is extremely happy that the opinion of both teams has been respected."

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