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The Boxing International, doomed to other elections after the TAS ruling

The president of the International Boxing Federation (IBA), the Russian Umar Kremlev, has recommended the holding of new elections to the position


The president of the International Boxing Federation (IBA), the Russian Umar Kremlev, has recommended the holding of new elections to the position after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has estimated the appeal of the Dutchman Boris van der Vorst against the decision from the agency that declared you ineligible.

“I am grateful for the confidence shown in me by the members of the federations in the 2020 elections and again this year. If the CAS has ruled that my opponent should have been eligible we must have new elections. This, however , it is a decision of the IBA Board of Directors,” Kremlev said.

The president of the IBA expressed himself in this way in a message made public by the body after learning of the CAS ruling, in which he announced that he had recommended holding new elections to the Board of Directors, which will meet on the 24th in Lausanne.

One day before the elections, on May 12, an internal IBA integrity commission declared the Dutchman Van der Vorst, the only candidate opposed to Kremlev, ineligible, along with three other candidates for other federation bodies.

The reason was that Van der Vorst had campaigned after the deadline and associated himself with members who were candidates for other positions in the federation’s leadership. Although the votes were delayed 24 hours due to these events, they were finally held, with the result of the re-election of the Russian leader on May 14.

Two days ago, the TAS upheld Van der Vorst’s appeal and concluded that he had committed only a minimal infraction of the electoral regulations, deserving at best of a reprimand and even non-punishable and never exclusive for the elections.

The arbitrator in charge of the case concluded that the president had committed the same minor violation and had not been punished for it. “In application of the principle of equal treatment, the Sole Arbitrator decided to estimate the resources and annul the contested decision,” the CAS reported.

This electoral incident is one of the irregularities that have affected the IBA in recent years and that led the IOC to withdraw its functions related to Olympic boxing. For this reason, this sport is not guaranteed its continuity in the Games program after Paris 2024.

The IBA lost its recognition by the IOC in 2019 and in December 2021 this body asked for changes of a financial nature, in its arbitration and judging systems to ensure its integrity and governance, until achieving “a change of culture”.

“Should the IBA meet these conditions, the suspension of recognition could be lifted in 2023,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.