Nations that boycotted World Championships to form 'World Boxing'

A number of countries will be declaring their resignation from the IBA to form a new organization called World Boxing.

Boxer Megan de Cler in a match (Credit International Boxing Association)
By Abhiruchi Rout | Apr 13, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

A group of National Federations will soon be announcing a new international regulatory body for boxing soon in an attempt to ensure the place of the Boxing sport in the Olympic program. A number of countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, will be declaring their resignation from the International Boxing Association (IBA) to form a new organization called “World Boxing.” The four boxing leaders will make a “major global announcement” during an online briefing that will have participants from USA Boxing, GB Boxing, and other European nations. They will be accessible to respond to inquiries on the latest effort, which aims to guarantee boxing’s position at the center of the Olympic Movement and provide a better future for the sport.

Why is the sport’s future in jeopardy?

The action aims to preserve boxing’s position at the center of the Olympic Movement and provide a better future for the sport. The International Boxing Association and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have been at odds for a long time. This has resulted in the decision for the formation of an independent federation. The Olympic Committee has assumed control of the sport at the Paris 2024 Olympics after voicing concerns about the IBA’s governance, especially its financial management, officiating, and judging. Due to this, boxing’s standing at the Olympics is now in threat, and the IOC has issued a warning that the IBA may be banned from future Olympics.

In addition, the president of the International Boxing Association, Umar Kremlev who is from Russia allowed the participation of Russian and Belarussian athletes with their own flags, anthems, and symbols. This led to eleven countries boycotting the Women’s World Boxing Championships 2023 which was held in New Delhi, India. The Russian and Belarus athletes were banned by all the sports federations due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Why is the inclusion of Boxing a big deal at the Olympics for the USA?

The inclusion of boxing in the Olympic Games is important and being a host of the Olympic Games 2028 (Los Angeles 2028) and not having Boxing is unimaginable for many Americans. Given Boxing’s illustrious history at the Olympic Games and the sport having produced many legendary athletes, the decision to establish a new international governing organization is significant, especially for the United States. With 50 gold medals, the United States is the most successful boxing nation in Olympic history. But the conflict between the IBA and the IOC doesn’t seem to be going away, and there had been talking of a breakaway federation for some time before the announcement.

More about the International Boxing Association (IBA)

Previously known as the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA), the IBA was an independent sports organization that was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sport’s international regulatory body until 2019. The IOC, however, suspended its recognition of the organization amid worries about its administration, particularly its financing, refereeing, and judging. The IBA was founded in 1946.

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