The International Boxing Association (AIBA) launched the #AIBAFamily campaign in April 2017 as part of the organisation attempts to help bring all 201 of its National Federations (NFs) together in a shared commitment to the sport leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The campaign includes far-reaching educational programmes directed at all levels of boxing, from the new GlovesUp entry-level module up to the three-star referees and judges (R&Js) and coaches.
Emphasis is being placed on ethics and behaviour as well as taking a look back at the legends past and present that have been a central part of the AIBA story.
#AIBAFamily unites its members and embraces the progress of those athletes who have left an indelible mark on the AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) competitions over the years.
The campaign ensures that AIBA continues to be the only organisation that provides its boxers, coaches, R&Js and technical staff with tangible support and education throughout the development of their careers.
Discover the AIBA Family
A total of 9,394 boxers are part of AIBA, 2,116 of which are competing at grassroots level and 7,278 of which are competing at elite level.
There are a total of 7,245 male boxers and 2,149 female boxers.
A total of 5,389 coaches are part of AIBA.
A total of 2,566 officials are part of AIBA, including 2,080 R&Js, 216 doctors, 134 physios, 10 cutmans, 59 supervisors and 67 international technical officials.
Of the 201 NFs that are part of AIBA, 51 are in Europe, 49 are in Africa, 44 are in Asia, 42 are in the Americas and 15 are in Oceania.
In its 70 year-history, AIBA has helped to develop some of the best boxers in history. Names such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Wladimir Klitschko and Teófilo Stevenson began and shaped their careers with AIBA and their Olympic journeys.
The body is proud of its past and believes it deserves the opportunity to reinforce the message to the boxing world that these great boxers begun their stories with AIBA.
AIBA is the only boxing governing body that provides a clear, fair and transparent career pathway in which a boxer can develop from the grassroots gyms all the way to the pinnacle of elite competition, the Olympic Games, with support from AIBA’s professional avenues such as the World Series of Boxing and AIBA Pro Boxing.
AIBA Career pathway by aiba
AIBA continues to place its focus on learning in 2017 with the confirmation of a range of courses across the year for the AIBA Family.
Education is one of the founding pillars of AIBA’s far-reaching HeadsUp programme and a priority of the new Olympic cycle to Tokyo 2020.
It is also the cornerstone of the 2017 Year of Africa, for which the new GlovesUp initiative has been devised to provide a new entry-level course for those looking to join the AIBA Family.
"AIBA is instigating changes that will ensure the new Olympic cycle and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games provide the perfect stage for the world’s best boxers to perform on," AIBA President CK Wu said.
"A key element of that is the ongoing education of all the stakeholders that comprise the AIBA Family, in order that everyone, including boxers, their coaches and the officials, are given the tools to perform at the very highest levels that such a tournament demands."
Referees and Judges
Italian town Assisi was the location for the first Referee and Judges (R&J) instructor course since the new rules were adopted for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle, taking place on April 3 and 4, 2017.
Across the two days, 23 of AIBA’s most experienced instructors from 20 countries reviewed the changes and the new R&J instruction manual.
They also finalised the evaluation process that will be used in all competitions to ensure even greater consistency in officiating.
With the training and expansion of its global network of officials a priority for AIBA throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle, the next two-star R&J courses were held in Kazakhstan, from April 23 to May 1, and Poland, from May 2 to 7.
Upcoming events include a three-star in Cuba's capital Havana from June 1 to 6 and a two-star in Mongolia from June 19 to 25.
Further details and application information can be found here.
A total of 13 one and two-star coaching courses have been confirmed between April and September of 2017, as AIBA continues to work hard to develop new coaching talent around the world.
Applications from coaches are currently open for 10 courses, including two two-star events in Ukraine and Australia.
AIBA also invites National Federations (NFs) looking to apply to host courses to complete the form found here.
The AIBA team of instructors can be deployed to hold a course for any NF that meets the criteria, which is part of the organisation’s commitment to ensuring all of its member federations are represented by coaches with the most up-to-date techniques and information at their disposal.
International Technical Officials (ITOs) and supervisors
Assisi was also the location for 2017's first ITO Instructor workshop, held from April 11 to 12.
With courses for AIBA’s ITOs and supervisors scheduled to take place at each of the 2017 Continental Qualification Tournaments, eight of the top supervisors gathered to revise the course content and their methods for efficient ITO evaluation during competitions.
More information will be available soon here.
Year of Africa
The Year of Africa is a multi-tiered approach to the development of boxing in Africa to maximise the potential and talent on the vast continent.
Education forms the backbone of a year of events, with AIBA and its NFs staging a series of courses from the entry-level GlovesUp initiative to one, two and three-star R&J and coaches courses.
The GlovesUp course provides an introduction to AIBA and the expectations of those looking to become a part of the AIBA Family as set out in the Code of Ethics.
The key areas covered include anti-doping, fair play and respect; pillars on which boxing will continue to thrive in Africa and all around the world.
Find out more about the Year of Africa here.