We need to improve boxing’s image and keep it in the Olympics

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We need to improve boxing’s image and keep it in the Olympics
The International Boxing Association recently introduced reforms and is making a push to improve the sport. Credit: IBA

The International Boxing Association has announced a set of reforms aimed towards keeping boxing in the Olympics.

Maybe the more important ones concern the development of a clearer Olympic qualification system, which has up until now been difficult to understand and seemed unfair for many young boxers and trainers.

Last year, the association changed its abbreviation to IBA in its latest congress that gathered national federations from around the world.

In order to increase the commercial viability of the IBA, a visual identification based on a new acronym was introduced and a modified logo was introduced.

The IBA changed its full name to the International Boxing Association in 2007, but retained its former abbreviation AIBA, which referred to the International Amateur Boxing Association.

The new acronym marks a new chapter in the history of sports, aimed at upholding the highest standards of honesty and providing every boxer with a chance to compete honestly.

The President of IBA, Umar Kremlev, announced on the 75th anniversary of the association that they had “already completed reforms that could not have been thought of before.”

Also at work are new definitions of weight categories. The International Olympic Committee has given its latest advice to the IBA, which also includes adopting governance reforms and diversifying revenue sources.

The new IBA president seems ready to take onboard all advice to advance the sport and make it more popular and accessible amongst youth. He has been on a world tour, and met with local federations to promote boxing’s positive impact as physical education and the many other attributes associated with boxing, whether they are athletes, amateurs or the average layman who uses it to stay in shape. Most recently he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the sport in the Palestinian territories.

Commenting on the new reforms Kremlev said the association is going at “full speed” and prepared to make significant changes. “We are doing much more than just improvements in individual parts of the IBA. We are changing our entire culture in the long run. The new IBA is ready to serve boxers today and tomorrow together with everyone who supports them.”

Hopefully a new era of more openness, funding and accessibility will provide a boost for upcoming talents worldwide dreaming of making it to the Olympics, while also in general improving the reputation of the sport of boxing.


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