Russia’s Umar Kremlev was elected chairman of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) at a virtual conference on Saturday, the governing body of amateur boxing said.
Held virtually for the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was attended by all 155 federations, with Kremlev defeating his fellow candidates with a 57.33% vote.
Last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended AIBA on issues surrounding its finances and governance, and Kremlev said he would like to regain his body before the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“Boxing is a fighter sport. Our fight today is against financial debt, incompetence, corruption, doping, inadequate training, and inadequate security,” Kremlev said.
“Strengthening AIBA’s governance structure and ensuring that our checks and balances work will be the focus of my term as president.”
Kremlev, head of the Russian Boxing Federation since 2017 and chair of the AIBA Market Committee, has vowed to eradicate the organization’s debt.
“Eliminating AIBA’s debt is a top priority. As I promised … I will liquidate this debt in the first six months,” Kremlev added.
“My administration is aiming to raise $ 50 million within two years, all of which will be used to rebuild AIBA.”
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