— Published 27 June 2022

New elections in the autumn

The soap opera continues. The Board of the International Boxing Federation (IBA) decided last weekend that a new extraordinary congress, the second this year, will be held in the autumn. Scheduled to take place between 24 September and 1 October in a city yet to be determined, it will be dominated by the holding of new presidential elections. The IBA says its board has been working hard on the recent decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the ineligibility of Dutchman Boris van der Vorst in the last election, held in May. A legal advisor was consulted. At the end of the discussion, it was decided to put the presidency back into play, provided that the national federations accept the proposal. The agenda of the extraordinary congress will have two items: a motion to hold a new presidential election and the election itself. The election would then be between only two candidates: the Russian Kremlev, the incumbent, and the Dutch Boris van der Vorst, his challenger. In any case, the winner of the election will have to work hard to get the IBA back into the right Olympic wave, after the IOC Executive Board’s decision to exclude the IBA from the qualification process and then from the Paris 2024 Games tournament.