Boris van der First was supposed to be his rival for the presidency, but the Dutchman was removed from the election, as were four other candidates for the position of independent members of the IBA board of directors.
Umar Kremlev (Photo: Maxim Konstantinov/Global Look Press)
Russian Umar Kremlev was re-elected as president of the International Boxing Association (IBA). This was reported on the organization’s website.
“Today, on the second day of the IBA Extraordinary Congress in Istanbul, Umar Kremlev was re-elected president,” the message reads.
Kremlev remained the only candidate in the elections, which were held at the end of an extraordinary congress of the organization in Istanbul, after Boris van der First of the Netherlands was eliminated from the elections.
“Thank you for your trust, only together can we develop boxing. We plan to do everything for the comfort of boxers, coaches and national associations. In particular, we want to continue to open boxing academies on all continents, ”Kremlev said after his re-election (quote from TASS).
Kremlev did not see a single competitor for the position of AIBA president
In mid-April, the Independent Boxing Integrity Unit (BIIU) nominating committee received a complaint that van der First, who had put forward his candidacy for the post of IBA chief, as well as a number of candidates who were applying for a seat on the association’s board of directors, he did not meet the eligibility requirements. As a result, it was decided to remove them. The IBA said in a statement that the suspended candidates did not meet the organization’s necessary requirements while working for another international boxing organization.
Kremlev became the President of the IBA (formerly AIBA) in December 2020. In November 2018, Kremlev became the first Russian to serve on the AIBA Executive Committee. In February 2019 he was elected First Vice President of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC). From 2017 to 2021, he served as the General Secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation.
In February 2019, Kremlev headed the AIBA Marketing Commission and, in November of the same year, the AIBA Development, Investment Promotion and Marketing Commission. In the summer of 2019, AIBA was investigating Kremlev in connection with alleged criminal charges in the past. The case was closed because the accusations were unfounded.
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