Kremlev increasingly likely to stand for AIBA presidency
Support is building for the Russian Umar Kremlev to stand for the presidency of AIBA, the governing body for boxing, at December's election.
Kremlev (pictured) is a senior figure in the sport, holding positions such as the secretary general of the Russian Boxing Federation, first vice-president of the European Boxing Confederation and membership of the AIBA executive committee.
According to the Serbian Boxing Federation, the 37-year-old can count on the support of at least five national federations should he choose to meet the 2 November deadline to stand.
As well as Serbia, the federations of Ukraine, Columbia, Paraguay and the Solomon Islands have sent letters of support.
In his letter, Emilio Aranda (Paraguay) wrote: “He is the right person for the development of a transparent development strategy that restores AIBA's credibility in the International Olympic Committee and the great family of amateur boxing worldwide.”
Nenad Borovcanin (Slovenia) added: “Umar Kremlev has made a great contribution to boxing reform with his ideas, skills and activities so far. He has not been for a long period in AIBA, only two to three years, but with his work, he has already done a lot for boxing. I invite him to run for president of AIBA, so that immediately after the elections we can implement reform of the AIBA Constitution and continue our dialogue with the IOC.”
At present, there are four confirmed candidates for the election, which will take place at the virtual AIBA extraordinary congress on 12 and 13 December. They are the Netherlands' Boris van der Vorst, Anas Al Otaiba of the United Arab Emirates, Suyleyman Mikayilov of Azerbaijan and Domingo Solano of the Dominican Republic.
The outcome of the election is considered vital if the troubled federation is to overturn a suspension by the IOC and organise major events in 2021.
The beleaguered boxing association has been without a permanent president for 18 months after Gafur Rakhimov stood down in March 2019 following allegations that he was involved in criminal activities.
The organisation has since been led on an interim basis by Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane.
Last year, the IOC suspended AIBA, stripping the body of any involvement in the boxing tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, now rescheduled for 2021, due to concerns over its governance, finances, refereeing and judging.
AIBA has responded with plans for new reforms and statues, which are set to be approved at the December congress.Sportcal