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IBA Congress expressed vote of confidence for Umar Kremlev

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The Congress of the International Boxing Association (IBA) reconfirmed the vote of confidence for President Umar Kremlev at its extraordinary meeting in Yerevan, Armenia today.

Congress voted against the new elections. Delegates cast 106 votes against, which is 75%, 36 votes for, and 4 abstained out of 146 eligible National Federations.

According to the Congress’ decision, Kremlev is to hold his position for 4-years term.

‘I thank National Federations for their trust. This is the full stop in all governance issues within IBA, Congress showed its will clearly in a transparent manner.

I respect the decision of our National Federations and will do everything possible to support them, as well as our athletes and coaches,’ said Kremlev.

‘I want to send a clear message today. IBA is an independent and strong organization.

Our Congress has proved today that we are on a right track. I will present a 4-years development plan today at the Board of Directors meeting.

I have a clear vision of what we have to do to achieve our goals,’ he added. 

Kremlev is expected to hold his position for the full four-year term he won in December 2020 after winning the vote on Sunday.

Boris van der Vorst’s hopes of ousting him have been ended, despite the Dutchman winning a Court of Arbitration appeal in June to overturn a May ruling that deemed him ineligible.

Commenting on IBA’s future moving forward, Kremlev vowed that the body will “make every effort” to have boxing included in the programs of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

“We will do everything to make boxing a part of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games and no one can exclude us,” Kremlev added, as reported by R-Sport.

“But for us, the IBA World Boxing Championships [in 2023] should be the most important thing, because this is our home. We need people who send children to boxing, and know that this is a ladder that you can climb high.”

Formerly known as AIBA, the IBA was stripped of involvement in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to concerns over governance, finances, refereeing and ethics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will manage boxing at the Paris 2024 competition, but the sport does not feature in the initial program for Los Angeles 2028, with the IBA urged to make swift reforms.

Earlier this month, concerns were raised by IOC sports director Kit McConnell about the IBA being too financially dependent on Russian gas giant Gazprom and Kremlev passing increased power to his Moscow office and away from IBA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Following these disturbing developments, the IOC {executive board} will have to fully review the situation at its next meeting,” said the IOC after the result of Sunday’s IBA vote.

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