On December 12 in 2020, Russia's Umar Kremlev was elected as President of the International Boxing Association.

He won 57.33 per cent of the vote as AIBA's Congress was held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic, and saw off a field which began as six challengers.

Kremlev immediately called for unity and reforms as he prepared to lead amateur boxing worldwide.

AIBA have been working to improve their global reputation, with two Commissions formed in November 2019 to help with this. 

A Reform Commission on AIBA Statute amendments was created, which includes AIBA legal advisors and senior members of AIBA Federations. Presidents of each Confederation are also on the Commission. 

Kremlev, the Russian Boxing Federation secretary general, was made head of the new Marketing Commission, which aims to create a global marketing plan to attract sponsors and secure broadcaster deals for the World Championships and World Cup.

Umar Kremlev was elected AIBA President in December 2020 ©AIBA
Umar Kremlev was elected AIBA President in December 2020 ©AIBA

To improve dialogue between AIBA, Confederations and National Federations, Kremlev devised Continental Boxing Forums, where reports from both the Reform and Marketing Commissions were presented. 

So far, the Americas Forum has been held in Panama, the Oceania Forum in Fiji and the Asian Forum in the Jordanian capital of Amman. 

The European and African Forums are yet to be held. 

This year, AIBA have launched Continental Boxing Forums ©AIBA
This year, AIBA have launched Continental Boxing Forums ©AIBA

The Global Boxing Foundation project is also being developed, having first been initiated by Kremlev at last year’s Global Boxing Forum. 

The Foundation will try to unify boxing stakeholders all around the world. It will not only focus on AIBA’s collaboration with other boxing organisations, but also on social investments such as charity events, legal assistance to boxers, aid for veteran boxers and the development of boxing across the world.

The Boxing World Cup is making a comeback after 13-year absence, and is due to take place across several Russian cities in 2021. It will be yet another exciting tournament for boxing fans to watch.

Meanwhile, preparations for the men and women’s World Championships in 2021 also continue.