Insidethegames: CAS won’t consider Kremlin competitor’s appeal until IBA presidential election
MOSCOW, May 13 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will not have time until May 14 to consider the appeal of Boris van der First from the Netherlands to withdraw from the election of the president of the International Boxing Association (IBA), reports Insidethegames.
The IBA Congress kicked off on Friday, the elections were supposed to take place on the same day, but they were postponed until Saturday due to van der First’s appeal. The current head of the organization, Russian Umar Kremlev, remained the only candidate for the presidency of the IBA after the Dutchman was removed from the elections.
In mid-April, the Independent Boxing Integrity Unit (BIIU) nominating commission received a complaint that van der First, who had nominated himself to head the IBA, as well as a number of candidates applying for a seat on the association’s board of directors, did not meet the eligibility requirements. After considering all the circumstances of the case, the commission decided to remove van der First from the elections.
In February 2017, Kremlev took over as Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, in November 2018 he joined the IBA executive committee, and in February 2019 he headed the organization’s marketing commission. In December 2020, he was elected President of the IBA.