President Umar Kremlev of the International Boxing Association (IBA) delivered an inspirational address at the Congress of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) in Istanbul, Türkiye. The Congress, attended by delegates from 34 European countries, focused on important matters concerning the future of European boxing.
Distinguished figures in the boxing world, including President Ioannis Filippatos of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC), Honorary President Franco Falcinelli of EUBC, and IBA Interim Secretary General Chris Roberts, also delivered welcome speeches, underscoring the significance of unity and progress in the sport.
One of the key highlights of the Congress was the unanimous decision by delegates to amend the EUBC constitution. Additionally, the introduction of a Code of Conduct was deemed equally important, emphasizing the commitment to uphold ethical standards within the European Boxing Confederation.
Addressing the issue of athlete selection, the European Boxing Confederation called upon all national European boxing federations to embrace an inclusive approach, admitting athletes on equal terms and rights, devoid of any political influence. The EUBC emphasized the importance of sports autonomy and neutrality in relation to politics, reaffirming its dedication to fostering an environment where athletes can thrive.
President Kremlev expressed his gratitude to the delegates for their invaluable contributions and unwavering dedication to the sport. He emphasized the importance of providing boxers and coaches with the best possible conditions to support their journey to success. Drawing upon his personal experiences, President Kremlev highlighted the need to ensure that young boxers have access to proper equipment, nourishment, and opportunities to participate in tournaments. He further conveyed his commitment to visiting countries, providing boxing gear to children, and empowering them to pursue their dreams.
In his address, President Kremlev also touched upon the topic of boxing in the Olympics, expressing his enthusiasm for the sport’s continued presence in the prestigious event. Despite recent challenges and the International Olympic Committee’s decision to exclude the IBA, President Kremlev remained optimistic, vowing to regain the IBA’s recognition and uphold the integrity of the sport. He emphasized that the essence of the Olympics lies in the athletes, their skills, and the beauty of the sport, rather than the administrative aspects. President Kremlev reaffirmed the IBA’s commitment to promoting boxing globally and safeguarding it from unscrupulous political influences.
Furthermore, during the Congress, plans were unveiled for a new EUBC office in Monaco, Monte Carlo, scheduled to open in September of this year. Simultaneously, the office in Assisi, Italy, will continue to serve as the headquarters, facilitating the administration of the European Boxing Confederation.
President Kremlev proposed the establishment of a European Boxing Cup with a generous prize fund of $1 million, aiming to provide greater financial support to boxers. In line with this commitment, the IBA will continue to allocate $50,000 USD as financial assistance to the federations, with plans to increase the amount to $100,000 USD the following year.
President Kremlev concluded his address by emphasizing the need to direct generated revenues toward the boxers, acknowledging their dedication to the sport as their full-time vocation. He stressed the importance of elevating standards, fostering pride rather than embarrassment, and maintaining unity in the face of challenges. President Kremlev’s unwavering advocacy for boxing as a tool for upward mobility resonated with the audience, underscoring the IBA’s commitment to fair opportunities and values.
The International Boxing Association (IBA), established in 1946, serves as the worldwide governing body of boxing. With a strong athlete-first approach, the IBA is dedicated to promoting, supporting, developing, and uniting the prestigious sport on a global scale.
As boxing continues to evolve and face new challenges, the Congress of the European Boxing Confederation serves as a platform for meaningful discussions, collaboration, and decision-making to shape the future of the sport. The address by President Umar Kremlev and the collective efforts of delegates reaffirm the commitment to boxing’s growth, fairness, and the well-being of its athletes.