— Published 23 September 2021

Elections to be held next year


AIBA still has a long way to go before it can return to the Olympic movement, but the international boxing body is moving forward. Its board of directors, meeting this week by videoconference, has set the calendar for the next elections. They will take place in 2022, at a date yet to be determined. Before that, AIBA will organise an annual congress on December 12th, 2021, presented as an intermediate stage before the elective general assembly next year. Elected in December 2020, the Russian Umar Kremlev will therefore defend his presidential mandate next year. Another decision: the elections of the athletes’ representatives within the AIBA decision-making bodies will take place at the same time as the men’s world championships, scheduled for October 24th to November 6th, 2021, in Belgrade (Serbia). For the women’s representatives, the vote will also be held during the world event, but the date and venue are not known yet. Finally, the Board of Directors validated the principle of equality between male and female boxers for the prize money distributed to the medallists of the World Championships. Suspended from the Olympic movement since June 2019, AIBA remains under the threat of an extension of this ban. Last week, the IOC pointed out in a letter signed by its Director General, Christophe De Kepper, all the grey areas in its organisation and governance.