AIBA unveils fresh boxing reforms under ‘New Foundation Plan’

AIBA unveils fresh boxing reforms under ‘New Foundation Plan’

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has revealed its ‘New Foundation Plan’ following the unanimous adoption of the plan by the AIBA Executive Committee. The plans ensure reforms chart the future course for the organisation and boxing in Olympics.

The New Foundation Plan was developed to lay the foundation for a stronger future for AIBA and Olympic Boxing while at the same time implementing short-term corrective measures. It will allow the new AIBA leadership, due to be elected in November 2018, a fresh start with a smoothly running organisation, states an official release.

The New Foundation Plan consists of five pillars – governance, events, rules, development, and communication. In addition to the activities already accomplished by AIBA, the plan outlines key priorities and action items that are necessary to implement and consider in the lead up to a new AIBA strategy. The New Foundation Plan was developed with the input of the wider boxing community and experts, through surveys and meetings.

Gafur Rahimov, Interim President of AIBA, said, “I am very proud of the work AIBA has done on all levels to be able to launch the New Foundation Plan. We are confident that the New Foundation Plan provides us with a strong basis to build our future and will allow AIBA to continue to develop our sport on all levels and in all continents. As the New Foundation Plan shows, we have made incredible progress since the Extraordinary Congress in January of this year. Over the coming months, our focus lies on implementing the remainder of the plan and to get ready for the next step for AIBA.”

AIBA last week had become the latest international federation to partner with the new International Testing Agency (ITA) as it seeks to further convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of its reform efforts.

Following its previous relationship with the Doping-Free Sports Unit of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), Aiba is fully outsourcing its anti-doping activities to the ITA. The new deal will include testing, result management (for any anti-doping rule violations), intelligence-gathering, test-distribution planning, education and therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).

The latest moves by the world governing body of amateur boxing form a part of continues efforts to woo the IOC after its president Thomas Bach, in May, warned AIBA that boxing could face expulsion form the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games roster for shoddy implementation of vital governance reforms.

Bach earlier said that he was not happy with steps taken by AIBA taken to resolve issues surrounding finances, integrity and the administration of the governing body. The IOC had said that AIBA must complete further reforms by July 11 ahead of the next executive board meeting.

Aiba’s anti-doping measures have been one of the areas of concern for the IOC and the body said its partnership with the ITA reaffirms its “strong efforts” to bring positive change and further improvements to its governance and anti-doping system.