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Havana.- The president of the Cuban Boxing Federation, Alberto Puig de la Barca, was optimistic today about the permanence of this sport in the Los


Havana.- The president of the Cuban Boxing Federation, Alberto Puig de la Barca, was optimistic today about the permanence of this sport in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

Days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it will decide on the matter in 2023, the manager assured that the discipline authorities work in order to satisfy the pending demands.

He explained that last Sunday an extraordinary congress of the International Boxing Association (now with the acronym AIB) approved important changes in its statutes, adjusted to the demands of the governing body of Olympism.

Asked about specific indications in the field of governance, Puig said that the AIB called an elective congress that will give it a renewed leadership at the end of June next year.

He specified that in that meeting “some observations made by the IOC will be taken into consideration,” and he opined that even if the AIB were to keep boxing sanctioned, it could be sustained in the program of the appointment under the five rings.

The formula was already applied for the Tokyo edition, when the IOC handed over to a group the management of the qualifying competitions and the tournament itself, but in light of the current panorama, no one doubts that the most expeditious route to Los Angeles 2028 passes through concrete answers.

Branded by its organizers as the beginning of a new era for sport, the Sunday congress adopted a comprehensive set of governance reforms, developed by independent experts.

Encouraged by representatives of 107 national federations linked by videoconference, he left balances that, according to President Umar Kremlev, show that IBA “is adapting rapidly and comprehensively to the future.”

He recalled that barely a year after his appointment, teamwork has led to significant reforms, as evidenced by the contribution of leading independent experts in sporting integrity and governance.

The amendments included the creation of a new Independent Boxing Integrity Unit, which is expected to become operational in the course of 2022.

The Board of Directors will be reduced from 28 members to 18, following the elections that will take place before June 30, and the candidates for the election will be subject to exhaustive eligibility controls that will be carried out independently.

Very significant changes in the composition of the Board are expected, based on the imposition of term limits and improved eligibility criteria.

In order to enhance AIB’s commercial viability, a new visual identity was revealed, with the new acronym at its heart, and a new logo has been unveiled.

“It is a sign of how far the AIB has come that we were already prepared to make convincing progress towards this at full speed,” Kremlev said of the reforms implemented.

“We are doing much more than great improvements to individual parts of AIB. We are changing our entire culture in a lasting way. The new AIB is ready to serve the boxers of today and tomorrow, along with all those who support them, “he emphasized.

AIB changed its full name to International Boxing Association in 2007, but kept its previous acronym (Aiba), which referred to Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur.