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Osvaldo Bisbal, historical leader of Argentine boxing, died


, the most influential in Argentine during the last three decades, this Friday at the age of 71 as a result of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Since August he was provisionally in charge of the Argentine Boxing Federation (FAB), an entity that he had chaired between 1991 and 2014.

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He also had an extensive tour of the borders abroad. He was a judge and referee at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, as well as at the World Championships in Sydney 1991, Tampere 1993, Berlin 1995 and Budapest 1997.

This extensive link with amateur boxing led him to join the Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) since 1998 and, in 2014, to be one of the five vice-presidents of that body, as well as president of the American Boxing Confederation . Bisbal resigned from those two positions on July 7 due to his health problems.

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Two days later, the Ordinary Assembly of the FAB appointed him vice president of the Board of Directors headed by Luis Romio. But Romio’s death a month later put him back in charge of the Castro Barros 75-based body. He was to fill that role until a new election of authorities was held in March of next year.

Although his last name was synonymous with boxing, Bisbal was also linked to football and, above all, to the San Telmo club, of which he was president between 2000 and 2007 and between 2009 and 2013. He was also vice president (2007-2009) and a member ( 1999-2000) of that institution, which this Friday also fired him through his Twitter account.

Bisbal’s remains will be veiled on Saturday at Quilmes 305 (Nueva Pompeya) and then they will be transferred to the Chacarita Cemetery, where they will rest in the pantheon of the Casa del Boxeador.

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