Crisis-hit AIBA are currently being led by Franco Falcinelli on an interim basis ©AIBA

A total of 118 National Federations have registered to take part in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Extraordinary Congress on January 27, with the organisation also confirming Joseph Ayeni as an Executive Committee member.

The organisation confirmed the participation of the Federations with 150 countries eligible in all.

AIBA also stated that non-eligible National Federations with observer status are welcomed to take part.

The Congress comes at a time of turmoil in the sport, which is currently being led on an interim basis by Italy's Franco Falcinelli.

It follows the departure of Taiwan's C K Wu in December, which came after an agreement was reached between the official and the AIBA Executive Committee for him to leave the post.

Wu, the AIBA President since 2006, was provisionally suspended by the AIBA Executive Committee prior to his resignation after they allegedly uncovered fresh allegations of wrongdoing.

He was given a similar sanction by the Disciplinary Commission in October and the body's ruling Executive Committee voted 14-0 in favour of keeping the suspension in place following a two-day meeting in Dubai.

In a deal brokered between the two parties, Wu will be proposed as the organisation's Honorary President.

This is expected to be put to a vote at the Congress, which is scheduled to take place in Dubai.

Wu, who remains an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member but no longer sits on the Executive Board, was blamed for financial mismanagement surrounding a "missing" $10 million (£8 million/€8.5 million) loan reached with Azerbaijani company Benkons MMC.

He, in turn, blamed his former executive director Ho Kim for facilitating the loan.

C K Wu resigned as AIBA President in November ©Getty Images
C K Wu resigned as AIBA President in November ©Getty Images

The world governing body are scheduled to move in to plush new headquarters occupying a whole floor at the House of Sport in Lausanne this year, despite their financial problems.

The IOC stated they had major concerns over the governance, financial and technical issues of AIBA last month, adding they must produce a full report outlining their solutions to these problems by the end of January.

Until then, no money will be paid to the governing body by the IOC except to facilitate the running of competitions, including the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires later this year.

An independent Swiss Timing electronic draw system is also now being used to select the judges during competitions following the suspension of all 36 referees and judges used at the Rio 2016 Olympics after an investigation into possible wrongdoing was launched.

Boxing competitions at Rio 2016 received widespread criticism due to several decisions believed to be suspect.

They included Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko winning the gold medal in the men's heavyweight final over Kazakhstan's Vassily Levit, even though he appeared to be on the back-foot throughout.

Ireland's bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan was involved in one of the most controversial contests of the Games after appearing to dominate a quarter-final against Vladimir Nikitin before the Russian was awarded the victory.

AIBA have already increased their anti-doping expenditure after reports last year that only one out-of-competition anti-doping test had been conducted by the world body in the whole of 2014 and 2015.

Funding owed to AIBA by the IOC had already been temporarily withheld late last year before being released after a promise to address problems within the sport.

IOC discontent has also been indicated by an Executive Board decision earlier this year to remove two men's events from the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020 in order to make way for two additional female ones.

AIBA had been hoping to add the extra female events and only sacrifice men's quotas rather than actual medal events.

AIBA are scheduled to move in to plush new headquarters occupying a whole floor at the House of Sport in Lausanne this year ©Getty Images
AIBA are scheduled to move in to plush new headquarters occupying a whole floor at the House of Sport in Lausanne this year ©Getty Images

At an Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in November, Falcinelli appointed Osvaldo Bisbal as American Boxing Confederation President and AIBA vice-president.

Ted Tanner was also named as a vice-president and Oceania Boxing Confederation President, while Suleyman Mikaylov and Pat Fiacco joined the AIBA Executive Committee Bureau.

Eyüp Gözgeç and Steve Ninvalle were dismissed from their positions on the Bureau.

Mohamed Moustahsane was confirmed as an AIBA vice-president and interim President of the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC).

It followed AIBA suspending AFBC President Kelani Bayor for three years for "serious and unacceptable violations of the disciplinary code" in September.

Bayor, a member of AIBA's Executive Committee and a vice president, was banned following an alleged incident during June's African Boxing Championships in Brazzaville.

This also led to hosts the Congolese Boxing Federation being excluded from organising any AIBA event for two years.

Ayeni, acting President of the Nigerian Boxing Federation, has now been appointed to replace Moustahsane on the AIBA Executive Committee following the official's promotion.

Moustahsane is also one of three Executive Committee members acting as administrators in the governing body, along with Fiacco and Terry Smith.