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.
Russian Boxing Federation secretary general Umar Kremlev 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.
To improve dialogue between AIBA, Confederations and National Federations, Kremlev devised Continental Boxing Forums, where reports from both the Reform and Marketing Commissions are to be 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.
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 12-year absence, taking place in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod later this year. It will be yet another exciting tournament for boxing fans to watch.
Meanwhile, preparations for the men and women’s World Championships in 2020 and 2021 continue.