Havana.- ONLY A month after being ratified president of the International Boxing Association (IBA), the Russian Umar Kremlev learned today that his mandate could last less than expected.
The reason? The Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS for its acronym in French) ruled against the disqualification of the head of the Netherlands Boxing Federation, Boris van der Vorst, a step that then left Kremlev as the only candidate for the position in which he ended up confirmed.
The statement specifies that this entity has estimated the resources presented by Van der Vorst, Mike McAtee, executive director of USA Boxing, Steve Hartley, head of the New Zealand Federation, and Per-Axel Sjo¨holm, president of the Swedish Federation. .
All were declared ineligible for candidacy for IBA positions by the Interim Nominating Unit of the Independent Boxing Integrity Unit, but the CAS found that they only committed a minor violation of the rules (early campaign).
The document points out that it is an error that “would have deserved a slight sanction, such as a warning, or even no sanction, but not an exclusion from the election.”
And if that were not enough, the Sole Arbitrator acting in the case pointed out that the acting president incurred the same minor infraction and did not receive any accusation.
How did the IBA react? It issued a statement acknowledging the CAS decision, announcing that it will receive legal advice on its implications and will consider appropriate action on June 24, when the newly elected Board of Directors will meet in Lausanne.
She recalled that the decision that the appellants were not eligible for the May elections was made by an independent body, and she declared herself “grateful” to the bodies “that have supported our commitment to achieving the highest standards of governance.”
Summary? The conflict seems destined to lead to new elections in which the Kremlev could say goodbye to the throne. And even not showing up, if he shows sanity.
Let us remember that as part of an already long litigation, in 2019 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the governing body of boxing under the five rings, accusing it of management, arbitration and finance problems.
In this context, the sport was left out of the initial program of the Los Angeles 2028 appointment.