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International Boxing Association ‘deeply disappointed’ as IOC decides to exclude body from Olympic qualifying system

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25: The Board of Directors of the International Boxing Association (IBA) met on Saturday to discuss a series of important issues concerning governance, finances, sporting integrity and also considered a statement made by the IOC. The IOC announced on Friday that IBA will no longer participate in the Olympic qualification system for Paris 2024.

The IBA released a statement stating: “As the IBA Board of Directors was only elected last month and key elements of the Olympic Qualification System were approved today, as previously reported to the IOC, The IBA is deeply disappointed with the IOC’s decision and will now take some time to carefully consider its next steps.” Professor McLaren and representatives of the Governance Reform Group joined the IBA meeting. Narinder Batra has petitioned the Delhi High Court to resign as President of the IOA.

The IBA board has voted to hold a second extraordinary congress this year, where national federations must decide on the need for new presidential elections. The Board heard an update on the recent CAS decision. After detailed discussions and taking into account the advice of legal counsel, the Council then agreed to hold an Extraordinary Congress between September 24 and October 1. The proposed agenda will include two items: a motion to hold a new presidential election and the election itself.

The IBA Board has also agreed that the presidential candidate list for such an election should consist of Kremlev and Boris van der Vorst. The exact date and location of the Extraordinary Congress will be confirmed shortly. “The Council has decided that Congress should have the final say on new elections. As always, I will respect and follow any decision of Congress,” Kremlev said. India played their very first Test match on this day in 1932.

Meanwhile, IBA will continue to work on reforming its governance, financial integrity and sporting integrity to ensure that boxers and IBA itself can enjoy a fair chance and a fair fight. The Board of Directors discussed and approved the budget for the next fiscal year 2022-2023. The Bureau also voted to proclaim 2022 the “Year of Africa” and reiterated its support for the development of National Federations in Africa and Oceania. The budget and details of subsequent decisions taken by the Board will be published shortly on the IBA website.

(The story above first appeared on LatestLY on June 25, 2022 at 12:35 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and fashion of life, log on to our website