Russia's President Vladimir Putin has led celebrations of International Boxing Day in a letter asking the sport's community to continue to use the day to attract people to boxing.
In a letter from the Kremlin in Moscow, Putin spoke about the popularity of the sport in Russia, with it being one of the nation's most successful in recent Olympic Games.
Putin wrote: "Its [boxing's] popularity is vivid evidence that a mass sport in our country is on the rise and every year gains more and more supporters.
"It is very important that, thanks to the initiative and creative approach of the organisers, the support of the media and internet platforms, a good transition to celebrate the International Boxing Day, despite the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am sure that the current modern online format will allow you to fully realise the educational objective of the festival.
"It means that it will attract the general public interest to boxing, its history and modern development."
Since 2017, International Boxing Day has been significant in Russia, with the nation aiming to improve participation through interactive programmes led by some of the country's best boxers.
Last year, a large celebration was held in Moscow's Red Square, with boxing taking place before a backdrop of St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin.
Russia and Germany also put on a boxing show for the 2018 celebrations, to show the competitiveness of the sport at the highest level.
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Take part in flashmob celebration campaign #BOXINGEVERYWHERE ⠀ AIBA launched the International Boxing Day flashmob under the motto "Boxing is everywhere". ⠀ Everyone can take participate by making short shadowboxing videos about 20-40 seconds. You have to shadowbox in front of your country's landmark - Eifel Tower, the Pyramids, Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House, etc. and publish it on social media with the hashtag #BOXINGEVERYWHERE and tag @aiba_official. ⠀ The best videos will be published in AIBA Instagram stories. ⠀ The best athletes’ shadow boxing performances will be included in the summary video, which will be showed online on International Boxing Day, July 22nd, for the entire world to see the sweet science sport! ⠀ Be active and send us your videos, but please respect the COVID-19 safety rules of your country. ⠀ Take care and let‘s show the World that Boxing is everywhere! #AIBAfamily @sofiane_oumiha
Meanwhile, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has launched a flash mob as part of International Boxing Day today, with athletes from more than 35 nations represented in the online initiative.
Under the motto "Boxing is everywhere", AIBA has received videos from participants around the world, who have displayed their shadowboxing skills.
Fans are encouraged to take part too by posting their short videos on Instagram with the hashtag "#BOXINGEVERYWHERE" and tagging @aiba_official.
As part of the celebrations for International Boxing Day, which is marked every year on July 22, a summary video will feature the best fan videos in a compilation.
Nations that have taken part so far include Iran, Turkey, Australia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, France, Russia, Ireland, Colombia, Belarus, India, Poland, Monaco, Montenegro, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden and Britain.
AIBA has also asked participants to remain cautious of COVID-19 rules in their respective countries to ensure safety is maintained.