By Kyle Encarnacion
MANILA — Russia’s Umar Kremlev hopes to bring back respect and integrity to the sport of boxing after he was elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Sunday after four rounds of voting at the organization’s virtual extraordinary Congress.
Conducted under the watchful eye of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kremlev, also secretary general of the Russian Boxing Federation and a member of the AIBA Executive Committee, received 86 votes to defeat Boris van der Vorst of The Netherlands and Interim AIBA President Mohamed Moustahsane.
Van der Vorst claimed 45 votes in round four, with Moustahsane earning 19.
“Let me make it clear — the path to rebuilding AIBA is not easy. It will not happen overnight,” said Kremlev during his acceptance speech.
“We have to unite together and work with one mission, and one mission alone: rebuilding the credibility and trust that AIBA once had in the minds of sports people worldwide and that includes, of course, restoring AIBA’s Olympic status,” he added.
AIBA, the world governing body in boxing, was suspended due to reports of corruption and violations of doping which is strictly prohibited in sports.
Kremlev had pledged to wipe AIBA’s debt, estimated to be around $20 million, if he’s elected president. (AI/FC/MTVN)