The upcoming AIBA presidential election is significant to the way forward for the game, writes John Dennen
AMATEUR boxing’s future is a grave concern. The grassroots of the game are in extreme peril because of the Covid-19 pandemic. At worldwide degree, boxing’s place as an Olympic sport is underneath menace. The Worldwide Olympic Committee has suspended governing physique AIBA from administering the boxing match on the Tokyo Video games, changing it with a specifically convened taskforce for this occasion. To revive its place with the IOC, AIBA should resolve its governance points. The upcoming election for AIBA president, to happen on the AIBA Congress from December 12-13, actually does matter.
The interim president Mohamed Moustahsane unexpectedly joins a listing of seven candidates for AIBA president with Russia’s Umar Kremlev, Anas Al Otaiba from the United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic’s Domingo Solano, Boris van der Vorst, President of the Dutch Boxing Federation, German referee Ramie Al-Masri and Azerbaijan’s Suleyman Mikayilov.
Mikayilov [pictured above] has put reinstating AIBA’s place within the Olympic Games and fixing the organisation’s profound monetary difficulties on the coronary heart of his agenda. He desires to type an impartial ‘Boxing Integrity Unit’ to sort out doping, corruption and moral violations, in addition to a ‘United Boxing Alliance’ to offer safe and clear monetary help for the event of boxing throughout all nationwide federations.
“One of many most important points we nonetheless face is that we stay divided and there’s nonetheless in combating amongst ourselves with out having a united strategy. Then in fact it means addressing all the opposite issues the organisation faces by way of finance, poor staffing, a scarcity of excellent governance and ethics is even more durable. It means we’re on the lowest degree in sport and with a tarnished picture so no advertising actions are in place to have the ability to help our boxers,” Mikayilov tells Boxing News. “All these issues might be solved as soon as we’re a united organisation. I’m crying out to our nationwide federations and the world boxing household to return collectively now, in any other case, we’ve got no hope.”
“I need to impress the IOC by showcasing how critical we’re about reform. All modifications should be deep and sustainable for the organisation. For the reason that suspension one yr in the past, AIBA has proven very sluggish progress to the extent that a few of AIBA’s largest federations are actually brazenly questioning if extra shouldn’t be executed. After the election, an aggressive and painful reform must be applied. With out motion, the IOC won’t imagine us,” he continued. “However it will likely be clear from my manifesto that I’m critical about reinstating AIBA within the Olympic household. That is on the forefront of my marketing campaign. Boxers from all over the world should fulfil their dream of combating on the Olympics and AIBA must go on this journey and as soon as once more show to the IOC it’s critical about making this occur.
“It’s additionally one of many key causes I’ve made an settlement with International Sports activities Investigation (GSI) as my marketing campaign advisers on integrity, good governance and ethics. They’ve quite a lot of expertise working with sport federations on integrity points and can supply nice experience on this space.”
Mikayilov was a boxer himself, a member of the Dynamo Sports activities Membership within the Soviet Union and a nationwide champion in Azerbaijan. He has been a member of AIBA’s government committee and, exterior of the game, is a political determine, who’s been governor of the Garadagh area close to Baku since 2010.
“My love for the game of boxing is definitely a key cause I need to grow to be the brand new president of AIBA. To see this organisation so crippled by debt and never in command of its personal future could be very troublesome to witness and I do know, and really imagine, I can set us on a brand new journey to start out over and grow to be a world main governing physique sooner or later,” he says. “Collaborating within the Olympic Video games and profitable medals symbolize the hopes and desires of all boxers. I can’t merely stand by and watch AIBA be faraway from the Olympics completely and it is a enormous motivation for me, to create change and unite the organisation as soon as extra.”