Iberdrola lands the blow: a new and exciting assault for women's boxing
The company has created the Iberdrola women's boxing scholarship program, which will serve to create a national team with which our country aspires to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 65 sports federations in Spain, 16 already have the support of Iberdrola, including boxing. At the presentation ceremony of the agreement between the company and the Spanish Boxing Federation, which took place at the headquarters of Spain's National Sports Council (CSD), was a large number of the 18 members of the national team, who are already preparing the first international competitions in which Spain will be participating: Laura Fuertes, María González Cáceres, Andrea Lasheras, Lara Rebeca García, María del Carmen Madueño, Marina Carrasco, Melissa Noemí González, Lucía Blázquez and Patricia Martín Cabrera.
IBERDROLA, SUPPORTING THE SPANISH NATIONAL WOMEN'S BOXING TEAM
The event was presided over by Susana Pérez-Amor, Deputy Director General for Women and Sport of the CSD, who was accompanied by Felipe Martínez, president of the Spanish Boxing Federation, and representatives of Iberdrola, who referred to boxing in the presentation of the agreement as "a fashionable sport which is currently booming. We want sport to reach Spain's households so that everyone knows about your success, your achievements and to do this we need to enhance our communication. We are strongly committed to you", they told the athletes.
Susana Pérez-Amor was pleased that the Spanish Boxing Federation project had been selected by Iberdrola among many others. She also highlighted the efforts of all the sportswomen present: "With only 445 registered female boxers, it's a challenge just to get to where you have managed to get. You are role models for women's sport; you are showing your social responsibility."
The growth that female boxing has been showing in recent years on the Spanish sports scene is reflected in the words of the President of the Federation, Felipe Martínez: "For the first time in the history of female boxing in Spain, and with the momentum Iberdrola provides on a daily basis, four female boxers have been able to compete in an event as important as the World Cup in New Delhi."
Andrea Lasheras was in charge of speaking on behalf of the boxers: "It's a really exciting project and it can deliver at the highest level, as is the case with other women's sports in Spain."
IBERDROLA WOMEN'S BOXING COMPETITIONS
In October 2020, Palencia hosted the finals of the Iberdrola Boxing Cup, a competition born in 2018 as the result of an agreement between Iberdrola and the federation. The event, which was held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was won by Marta López Del Árbol from Jaén in the under 48 kg category, Isabel Rivero in the under 51 kilos category, the Asturian Laura Fuertes (under 54 kg), and Jennifer Fernández, from Andalusia (under 57 kg). The latter two also won the prizes for the fastest and best technical boxer at the finals, respectively.
In addition, the Iberdrola Boxing League was founded in December 2020, the first competition of its kind to be held in Spain. The aim of this group is, once again, to promote women's boxing in order to continue providing practical experience for the Spanish Olympic boxers, in view of their upcoming events.