Umar Kremlev Announces Run for AIBA President, Promises to Clean Up Boxing

The presidential election for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has finally got the candidate widely expected to take the reform agenda forward. Umar Kremlev, Vice President of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) and AIBA Executive Committee member, announced his candidacy at an online press conference today. He called for unity and reforms in AIBA, the sports body that represents amateur boxing worldwide.

Kremlev presented his manifesto, with plans to pay off the millions of dollars in debt accumulated by AIBA under previous administrations.

“I will ensure that AIBA will no longer be burdened by debt. Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world and many companies are interested in sponsoring it. The television rights to AIBA events are hugely attractive to broadcasters. Within one or two years, AIBA will attract $50 million in sponsorship. All this money will go towards the development of AIBA,” Kremlev told the international media.

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He laid out plans to provide annual funding of $2 million to AIBA’s national federations, and to set up boxing academies on each continent to train athletes, coaches, referees and judges.

Kremlev has made it his mission to develop boxing around the globe. Throughout his leadership of the Russian Boxing Federation, he participated actively in the organization of various international boxing tournaments, including the 2019 AIBA Men’s and Women’s World Championships, which was hosted by the cities of Ekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude in Russia.

In the summer of 2017, Russia held its Boxing Day for the first time, an initiative spearheaded by Kremlev. On February 8th, 2019, following a decision by AIBA’s Executive Committee, Boxing Day was declared an international holiday and is now celebrated across all continents.

Kremlev also launched the first Global Boxing Forum, which was first convened in early February 2018 in Sochi, Russia. It soon became a platform for an open dialogue between representatives of the world boxing community from more than 130 countries as well as heads of leading boxing organizations, athletes, Olympic champions, world champions and promoters.

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Kremlev is confident he can chart a clear path for AIBA to be reinstated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

“AIBA is an independent sports organization. I will bring in transparency to our operations, not only for the IOC, but also to set a precedent for all international sports bodies. We have to be clean before everyone else,” said Kremlev.

The election is scheduled for AIBA’s next congress on December 12-13, which will be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.

Support for Kremlev’s candidature has grown in the past few weeks, with national federations calling for him to stand as they see his leadership qualities as necessary for AIBA at this crucial junction in its history.

UMAR KREMLEV: MAKE AIBA GREAT AGAIN

Relying on the experience Umar Kremlev gained being Secretary General of Russian Boxing Federation, AIBA EC Member and EUBC Vice-President his presidential election Manifesto is based on 3 main directions in which AIBA should move to secure sustainability and stability. These are:

Sports Development. We plan to a) implement Finance Reform by providing 2 million euro annually for development of AIBA and all Nationals Federations, b) update boxing regulatory framework, including guidelines for hosting an AIBA event, c) run diverse AIBA tournaments and make them more inclusive by engaging boxers from different regions and d) introduce a clear AIBA anti-doping policy.

Governance. We aim to a) create an efficient governance system based on transparency and integrity, b) continue appointing and ensuring a proper functioning of AIBA Commissions and c) convene Boxing Forums annually to establish two-way communication between AIBA and its members.

Education and Technologies. We will focus on a) renewing courses for technical officials, referees and judges (R&Js hereinafter), coaches, cutmen and ringside doctors, b) building and developing Boxing Academies on all the continents, c) setting up and maintaining websites and social media accounts of NFs and d) forming Veterans Council, Champions Council and Coaches Council to give the chance to boxing officials, R&Js, coaches and boxers to share their valuable experience with the boxing community. AIBA is their home and they are the ones who have to manage it.

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Umar Kremlev – Biography

Umar Kremlev is Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, First Vice President of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC), and a member of AIBA’s Executive Committee.

Since his election in February 2017, Kremlev managed to bring the Russian Boxing Federation qualitatively to a new level of development. In less than four years, his determination and dedication allowed the organization to grow into one of the most prominent sports federations in the country. This was largely due to a number of his innovative solutions and personal initiatives.

Kremlev was born on November 1st, 1982. His passion for boxing became evident early on when he started training in the city of Serpukhov, near Moscow, together with other prospects. He then graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Public Utilities and Construction and until July 2017 ran Patriot Boxing Promotions, working closely with leading professional boxers such as Roy Jones Jr., Fedor Chudinov, Dmitry Chudinov and Mikhail Aloyan.

Umar Kremlev has made it his mission to develop boxing not only in Russia, but around the globe. Throughout his leadership of the Russian Boxing Federation, he participated actively in the organization of various international boxing tournaments, including the 2019 AIBA Men’s and Women’s World Championships, which was hosted by the cities of Ekaterinburg and Ulan-Ude in Russia.

In the summer of 2017, Russia held its Boxing Day for the first time, an initiative spearheaded by Kremlev. On February 8th, 2019, following a decision by AIBA’s Executive Committee, Boxing Day was declared an international holiday and is now celebrated across all continents.

Kremlev also launched the first Global Boxing Forum, which was first convened in early February 2018 in Sochi, Russia. It soon became a platform for an open dialogue between representatives of the world boxing community from more than 130 countries as well as heads of leading boxing organizations, athletes, Olympic champions, world champions and promoters.

At AIBA’s Extraordinary Executive Committee Meeting on November 21st, 2019, Umar Kremlev was nominated as the Chairman of the AIBA Marketing Commission, whose main objectives are to attract new sponsors and to organize major events. One of the Commission’s key activities is running the AIBA Continental Forums, which were successfully organized across the Americas, Oceania and Asia in 2020. The Forums created a unique opportunity to discuss the reforms adopted by AIBA and further development of National Federations in these three continents.

Given Umar Kremlev’s passion for boxing and proven track record, he is highly qualified to serve as President of AIBA. His personal and professional qualities as well as the accumulated experience of leading a boxing organization and successfully implementing several innovative projects provide Kremlev with the credentials to lead AIBA into a prosperous future.

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