Khyzhniak approved as AIBA Athlete’s commission Chairman

World Champion from Ukraine Olexandr Khyzhniak was elected AIBA Athlete’s commission chair, European champion from Italy Irma Testa became the vice-chair.

AIBA Executive Committee on its last meeting approved candidacies and welcomed Khyzhniak and Testa as a new member of the EC with voting rights. They will take part in their first EC conference-call on March 28th.

“It is a great honor to become a Member of the AIBA Executive Committee for the first time in history as one of the athlete representatives. I take this responsibility seriously and intend to ensure constant incorporation of interests of boxers into the strategic and administrative decision-making processes of AIBA.

I have set a number of priority tasks for my new role, such as the early approval of the AIBA Calendar for the coming years, including the qualification system for the 2024 Olympics. I also find it important to get more detailed clarification of the criteria used by judges to score rounds,” said Oleksandr Khyzhniak.

Moustahsane: “We are waiting for the new date of Olympics 2020 to reschedule our major events”

AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane claimed that the organization is waiting for information from the IOC to have an ability to put a new plan for major events 2021.

“The decision to reschedule the Olympic Games 2020 because of the pandemic was expected.

Like all the other International Federations, we are also wounded by the coronavirus outbreak. The health of our athletes and also coaches as well as officials is crucial. It is the top priority for us keeping in mind that the age of coaches also puts them at high potential risk of fatal consequences if affected by coronavirus. But also the health of AIBA is immensely important. AIBA Extraordinary Congress and one of the major reforms, Statutes amendments, were postponed because of this outbreak, too.

We’ve started a reform process in AIBA and have reached the agreement with sponsors and with cities to host major AIBA competitions. And now the most important task at hand is how to reschedule it due to the new Olympic schedule. It is no easy process not only for host cities but also for athletes and their preparation.

Therefore, we cannot wait too long to have the new dates of the Olympics 2020. We should have received it in the shortest possible time to continue the way of progressing.

I feel sorrow for boxers and coaches from Turkey and Croatia who were tested positive for coronavirus after the Olympic Qualifiers in London. I hope they can get well soon with no complications to continue their career. I’ve asked the Medical Commission to investigate if there are more cases from London.

AIBA Executive Committee will discuss these important topics in a teleconference on Saturday, March 28th. Together we will find a solution about how to keep going forward despite all the matters,” said Dr. Moustahsane.