The International Boxing Federation may hold presidential re-elections in the fall

MOSCOW, June 25 – The International Boxing Federation (IBA) may hold an extraordinary congress of the organization in the fall, during which a repeat presidential election will be held, according to the IBA website.
The current president of the IBA is Russian Umar Kremlev, who was re-elected for a new term at the congress of the organization on May 14 in Istanbul. He remained the only candidate after his rival Boris van der First was removed from the election. He challenged this decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won the case. In June, the Kremlin proposed holding new presidential elections.
The IBA board of directors on Friday voted to hold an extraordinary congress of the organization this year, which will decide on the need for a presidential election. The congress, which will consider the issue of repeat voting, as well as the elections themselves, will be held from September 24 to October 1. The venue for the congress has not yet been determined. Kremlev and van der First will remain candidates for the presidency.
“The council decided that the congress should have the last word on the new elections. As always, I will respect and implement any decision of the congress,” Kremlev said.
On May 12, the Boxing Independent Integrity Unit (BIIU), an independent disciplinary body, withdrew van der First and a number of candidates for the association’s board of directors from the election due to non-compliance with the criteria. According to the CAS decision of June 14, the lack of compliance with the same requirements did not prevent the Kremlin from running.
Kremlev in February 2017 took over as Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, in November 2018 he joined the IBA executive committee. In December 2020, he was elected President of the IBA for the first time.


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