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After Ukraine suspension: new elections rejected - boxing world association IBA sticks to President Kremlev


Russian IBA President Umar Kremlev will remain in office for four more years. The delegates repelled new elections after the Ukrainian association had been suspended. Boxing's Olympic future seems in jeopardy.

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Boxing official Umar Kremlev (right) during a PR meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin


The Russian Umar Kremlev will remain President of the International Boxing Association (IBA) for another four years.

At the extraordinary congress in Yerevan, Armenia, almost 75 percent of the delegates voted against new elections on Sunday, allowing Kremlev to remain in office.

The 39-year-old has been President of the IBA since 2020 and is considered a close confidant of his predecessor Gafur Rachimov (Uzbekistan), who had to resign due to allegations of corruption.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) expressed "extreme concern" in the industry service "Inside the Games".

"This includes, among other issues, the fact that there was no election, just a vote not to vote," the IOC said.

Dutchman Boris van der Vorst actually wanted to challenge Kremlev.

Possibly no boxing at the 2028 Games

At the IOC, doubts about the renewal of the association should not have diminished.

Boxing's inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Games program is more questionable than ever.

For the games in Paris 2024, the IOC has already withdrawn the IBA from hosting the boxing tournament.

In the run-up to the vote, the provisional suspension of Ukraine had caused unrest.

As the IBA announced, this was due to state interference in the work of the national association.

The Ukrainian association reacted indignantly to the measure in a letter from Kyiv on Saturday and called on all IBA member associations to refuse the congressional approval required for the suspension according to the statutes.

The IBA stressed that the suspension will not affect Ukrainian athletes.

These should continue to be able to take part in competitions and be supported by the world association.

The Ukrainian IBA Vice President Volodymyr Prodywus was appointed as coordinator for this.

The Ukrainian association wrote in its letter that it had learned about its suspension from the media.

He was not given the opportunity to comment on the allegations before the board.

"We are convinced that the suspension is just an attempt to silence the Ukrainian boxing community," wrote federation president Kyrylo Shevchenko.

At the same time, he objected to Prodywus being appointed as coordinator by the board.

"This is appalling and unacceptable," he wrote.

And further: "How can he coordinate Ukrainian boxers if he fled Ukraine seven months ago?"


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-09-25

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