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Boxing initiative aims to reduce crime in Caracas

Here's a selection of images shot this month that Reuters moved today. According to Reuters, "Boxeo Olimpico de Calle" (Olympic Street Boxing) is an initiative of several institutions of the Venezuelan government, which aims to keep children out of gangs and off drugs in an attempt to combat high crime rates in the Caribbean nation. The program seeks to promote values such as discipline and respect and show that a better future is possible in a country that has nurtured several boxing champions.

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Teammates react during a fight in a street boxing championships in Caracas on March 5.

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Youths practice street boxing during a training session in the low-income neighborhood of La Vega in Caracas on March 11.

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Yoadis Rondon, left, 17 and Winnymar Lopez, 15, practice during a training session of street boxing at a gym in the low-income neighborhood of La Vega in Caracas on March 18.

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Darlinger Rodriguez, 12, rests during his fight in a street boxing championship in Caracas on March 5