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Russian boxing chief calls for reelection of AIBA’s management

The head of the Russian Boxing Federation also said that changes to the AIBA must be introduced as soon as possible
Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation Umar Kremlev Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation Umar Kremlev
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MOSCOW, May 29. /TASS/. Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation (RBF) Umar Kremlev has proposed to reelect the management of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), according to a statement provided to TASS by the RBF on Wednesday.

According to Kremlev, the reelection of the AIBA administration will help the international boxing organization to restore its compliance status with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"It is high time to move beyond rhetoric, to convene for an extraordinary Congress, to invite observers from the IOC and sports community to attend this Congress, which must hold elections and change the whole system completely - to reelect the entire executive management of AIBA," the statement cited Kremlev as saying.

"The most important is that the boxing must be managed not by tycoons or corrupt officials, but by people, who really wish to develop and popularize the sport of boxing across the world," Kremlev, who is also a member of the AIBA Executive Committee, continued.

The head of the Russian Boxing Federation also said that changes to the AIBA must be introduced as soon as possible and all members of the Executive Committee must thoroughly study a report of the IOC special commission’s investigation into AIBA’s activities.

"It is necessary to establish cooperation with the IOC special commission and maintain a dialogue," Kremlev said. "If the decision of the IOC Executive Committee is not revised at the IOC session in June and AIBA is not reinstated, the world of Olympic boxing will sink in chaos for more than a year and this is what we must prevent from happening and do an enormous work for this."

Kremlev also said that he planned to set up a special fund to repay AIBA’s debts. Kremlev earlier offered the global boxing body a financial assistance of $16 million, but AIBA’s Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane declined the offer.

"Serious reformations are needed to be implemented with the frames of AIBA as soon as possible," Kremlev continued. "First of all, it is necessary to repay all debts of the organization and I want to turn the attention of the Executive Committee and the global boxing community that we are faced with the moment, when we have to make both quick and well-considered decisions."

"Although, due to unknown reasons, the current management of AIBA decided to turn down my proposal to repay all debts of the International Boxing Association this proposal is still on the table and I am ready to repay the debts in no time and plan to set up a special fund for this purpose…," the RBF president said.

On November 30, 2018, the IOC halted all planning for the 2020 Olympic boxing competitions in Tokyo. That decision followed an investigation into AIBA’s activities.

The IOC claimed at that time that the organization’s financial operations, management and ethics raised suspicions. The IOC also voiced its concern over Gafur Rakhimov’s appointment to the post of the president of AIBA, claiming he had been targeted by the US Treasury Department and was suspected of connections with an international criminal network.

In late March, the AIBA Executive Committee announced its decision to appoint Mohamed Moustahsane of Morocco to the post of the AIBA Interim President in place of Rakhimov.

The IOC announced in May that the boxing competitions would be included in the program of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but AIBA was stripped of its compliance status with the IOC.