Extraordinary AIBA Congress, scheduled in Budapest on March, is postponed for 3-month period because of Coronavirus outbreak. AIBA Executive Committee took this decision by e-mail vote due to the force majeure. AIBA National Federations are invited to attend an Extraordinary AIBA Congress on June 20th, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.
The mandate of Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane as AIBA Interim President has been extended until the Extraordinary AIBA Congress to be held on June 20th, 2020.
“With the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, many Governments are considering restrictive measures including cancellation of events in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, bearing in mind that such measures and recommendations are in constant evolution”, said Dr Moustahsane.
“Furthermore, AIBA received a letter from the Hungarian Boxing Federation asking AIBA to postpone the AIBA Extraordinary Congress due to concerns raised by Hungarian Health Authorities with respect to the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak and the risk related to the presence at the AIBA Extraordinary Congress of delegates from countries “at risk”. The Hungarian Boxing Federation confirmed its willingness to host the AIBA Extraordinary Congress in June 2020”.
Scheduled for February 29th in Assisi, Italy AIBA European Forum 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). This decision was taken by AIBA leadership in the best interests of the delegates.
“The coronavirus outbreak in Italy worsened and Italy has by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe. Moreover, Italy has imposed strict quarantine restrictions in some regions which could last for weeks. Based on these sad circumstances, we are left with no option but to cancel the EUBC Forum, which was scheduled to take place on February 29th in Assisi”, said AIBA Interim President Dr Mohamed Moustahsane.
At the same time AIBA plans to organise the meeting in 2020 when situation in Europe becomes better.
“I hope you and your families stay healthy and that the coronavirus will be eradicated soon. Your health is our priority and we will do this forum when the circumstances are better”, addressed Dr Moustahsane to National Federations.
AIBA Continental Forum for Oceania is scheduled for February 22 in the city of Nadi, Fiji.
This event would be second continental forum after successful start in Panama City. European Forum is scheduled for February 29 in Assisi, Italy, and the rest two dates for Asian and African forums will be announced soon.
There are in total 16 National Federations in Oceania.
AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane noted that after first forum in Panama there were a lot of good changes in AIBA-NFs relationships.
“Oceania has a big potential in developing our beautiful sport in the region. We truly believe that after intense forum’s discussions we will find solutions how to develop boxing on the continental”, said Dr Moustahsane.
He added that together with AIBA it would be more easy to make continental boxing stronger.
“We need to listen to Oceanian NFs and find appropriate solutions to solve all existing issues. And step by step we will come to a new powerful strategy for the future”, noted Interim President.
AIBA European Continental Boxing Forum takes place in the city of Assisi, Italy on February 29. National Federations are sending confirmations on participation at this important meeting.
First AIBA Continental Forum was held on January 18, in the Panama City, Panama. In total, 38 federations attended the event leaded by AIBA Interim President Dr Mohamed Moustahsane and AIBA Marketing Commission chair Mr Umar Kremlev. Dozens of important issues were announced and put into the agenda of the AIBA leadership.
As it was stated, these forums are created to unite AIBA National Federations through dialogue, to meet with all NFs presidents and general secretaries to discuss and resolve all internal and bilateral problems. The main goal as well is to discuss AIBA reforms and future of the organisation.
AIBA Interim President Dr Mohamed Moustahsane claimed he expect next Forums to be as fruitful as the one in Panama.
“First Forum already became a great success. Never before were we so close to our members in open dialogue and could note all the issues of the continent in general and countries in particular. We are getting ready to conduct next four Forums in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Today I can confirm the date of European event – it is scheduled on February 29th. Despite the fact that Europe is doing very good with boxing development, the continent has its own issues. And we are going to discuss it and solve it step by step. Also we will inform parties about the reform progress and plans for the future on the eve of AIBA Extraordinary Congress in March”, said Dr Moustahsane.
Dates of AIBA Forums in Oceania, Africa and Asia are to be announced soon.
Two Nigerian boxers retained their World Boxing Union (WBU) World titles as Monarch Events and Promotions made full entry into British boxing after co-hosting several shows.
The sold out event tagged ‘The Homecoming’, took place at the historic, St George’s Hall in Bradford, hometown of Tasif Khan, who defended his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight title in the main event.
The iconic St George’s Hall was hosting a boxing event for the first time in its history and both King Davidson and Sule Olagbade did not disappoint.
Sule ‘Tyson Kill’ Olagbade was sensational in his counter punching and his defence was virtually impenetrable as he achieved a unanimous decision victory over Nicaragua’s Arnoldo Solano after twelve fantastic rounds of boxing.
Judges Jonathan Pasi and Kornelius Bernds both scored the contest 116-112 while Judge Thomas Hakenberg scored it 118-111 all in favour of Olagbade as he retained his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World title.
Reigning World Boxing Union (WBU) Interim Middleweight World Champion, King ‘Hand of God’ Davidson Knocked out highly mobile Mexican ‘El Huracan’ Fernando Castaneda with a devastating body shot in the fought round of scheduled 12 rounds to retain the title he won in Lagos in December 2018.
Scary Ghanaian Cruiserweight, Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko fought Germany’s Rajhat Bilgetekin for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) International Cruiserweight Crown.
Kamoko secured a TKO victory in the third round after working the German hard with big lefts and rights and ended it with a crushing blow that sent the German down cold.
Bilgetekin was revived by the ringside Doctor as Bukom Banku won his first ever international title.
The Main event of the ‘Home coming’ night saw homeboy and four time, two division World Champion Tasif Khan successfully defend his World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Flyweight World crown he won during ‘King of the ring’ in December 2018 in Lagos.
He TKOed Mexican banger Juan Lopez Martinez in the fifth round.
The tough Mexican survived two knock downs in the fourth round but could not survive a massive body shot in the fifth round.
In other bouts of the night,
Rad Rashid knocked out Hasan Kurnaz in the first round in a battle of big German heavyweights.
In the opening fight of the night, Germany’s Avni Selimi beat Lithuania’s Thomas Vaicickas via fourth round TKO.
In all, it was a bold statement of an English debut made by Monarch Events and Promotions putting up a card of three World Championship fights, an International title fight and a pair of International Heavyweight contests.
Recall that In 2018, Prince Stanley Williams the CEO of Monarch Events and Promotions staged big events, ‘Boxfest’ in April and ‘King of the Ring’ in December both in Lagos with as many as six World title fights and emerged World Boxing Union (WBU) promoter of the year.
Pix 3: Olagbade, Monarch CEO Prince Stanley Williams and King Davidson.
The Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, EUBC First Vice President, AIBA Executive Committee member Umar Kremlev as commented on the decisions of the AIBA Extraordinary Executive Committee, which was held in Geneva on Thursday.
The Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) voted to annul the article of the AIBA bylaw, according to which Gafur Rakhimov could return to the presidency of the organisation. The initiative was supported by 13 members, one against, eight abstained.
AIBA Executive Committee voted to hold an Extraordinary Congress, at which the new AIBA leadership will be elected. It will be held on November 15, 2019, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The decision was taken unanimously.
“Today we have united and made serious decisions, got rid of the man who deceived the entire boxing community, saying that he would pay off all debts and find a common language with the IOC. He brought AIBA to the risk of bankruptcy”.
“He should apologise to the entire boxing community. Today we removed the article 16.3 of the bylaw so that he could not return, and we voted for the Congress, which will take place on November, 15 and on which we will elect the new AIBA leadership”.
Volodimyr Prodivus and I also announced a vote of non-confidence for the AIBA Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane and the chairman of the Ethics Committee Jost Schmid, as he is a supporter of the former leadership.
A commission was organised to discuss the restoration of AIBA with the IOC under the leadership of Giorgio Brugnoli, as well as a commission to prepare for the Congress headed by Volodimyr Prodivus from Ukraine. The financial commission was headed by Di Wu from China.
I wanted to say a big thank you to all members of the AIBA Executive Committee for the demonstrated unity Umar Kremlev Concluded.
An eight-person strong delegation, led by Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane met today with the IOC ad-hoc inquiry committee.
During the meeting, a number of areas were discussed including AIBA’s significant progress in regards to finance, governance and refereeing and judging. AIBA provided the committee with insights into its complete transformation of the organisation, explaining the improvements made and assessment tools put in place that will ensure the continued positive work that has been done to rebuild all areas of the organisation. In addition, the AIBA team further responded to the last outstanding points raised by the committee.
Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane, AIBA President said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today and we remain confident that Mr. Lalovic and his team will be able to positively report back to the IOC Executive Board in a few days’ time. We have done everything in our power to work with the IOC and all of our Olympic Partners, and we remain optimistic about the future of Olympic Boxing and AIBA’s ability safeguard this great sport.”