Boxing clubs have a final opportunity to make their voices heard ahead of this Sunday’s make-or-break Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) which will decide whether to accept or reject new Articles of Association and a new Board of Directors for the ABAE.
Some of the Regional Associations which voting at the EGM have made it clear they will vote as their members tell them, so clubs are urged to contact their Regional Secretaries and express their views on these critical issues.
12 votes will be cast at the meeting. 11 by the Regional Associations of the ABAE and one by the Combined Services Association.
Acceptance of the new Articles requires a 75% majority in favour (nine out of 12 votes if all 12 people vote).
Acceptance of the new Board requires a simple majority vote, so only seven votes are needed for the new Board to be ratified.
AIBA and Sport England have warned the ABAE that they regard acceptance of both the new Articles and the new Board as part of a package of compliance and governance reforms and they will take sanctions against the organisation if either the Articles or the Board are rejected.
This will lead to a disciplinary process against the ABAE and the probable suspension of English boxers at all levels from international competition, along with the loss of £5 million of Sport England funding for grassroots boxing.
The Board of the ABAE said: “This is a critical moment for boxing in England which could result in the destruction of the sport at the grassroots and has the potential to affect every member at every club. The decision of the EGM should reflect the opinions of the membership and we urge all clubs, coaches, boxers and volunteers to make their views known to the Secretaries of their Regional Associations and ensure that their voice is heard at this critically important time for the sport.”
Any clubs or members that would like further information about the EGM should contact their local Club Support Officer or the ABAE at firstname.lastname@example.org or via its Freephone helpline 0800 023 2692.