World Boxing, the new global federation crafted to keep the sweet science at the core of Olympic Games has garnered an impressive roster of over 40 nominees vying for top-tier positions. The election will unfold during the organization’s debut Congress this coming November.
With 11 women in the mix, the nominations span a variety of positions, from the President and Vice President (VP) to seats on the Executive Board. The list also extends to Chairs for specialized committees like Sport and Competition, Medical and Anti-Doping, as well as Finance and Audit.
These nominations hail from 18 nations across four continents, guaranteeing that each Executive slot and Committee Chair title will be up for grabs when the voting bell rings in November.
In keeping with World Boxing’s playbook—its Statutes, Electoral Voting Rules, and Candidate Eligibility Criteria—an independent Vetting Panel will size up all the contenders using open-source info.
This Vetting Panel comprises three impartial external experts, unaffiliated with World Boxing. They’ll get backup from Sport Resolutions, a top-tier neutral party specializing in sports-related dispute resolution.
Following the vetting, a finalized roster of eligible contenders will be made public at least 30 days ahead of the election bell.
The curtain on World Boxing’s maiden Congress will be lifted come early September 2023.
Simon Toulson, the Secretary General of World Boxing, weighed in: “Clean, impartial, and transparent elections are key cornerstones in World Boxing’s pledge to uphold the pinnacle of governance. The enthusiastic response to our call for nominations signals a broad appetite for reform within the global boxing landscape. It’s a solid nod to the inclusivity and diversity of the candidates throwing their hats into the ring for our inaugural Congress.”
Kickstarted in April 2023, World Boxing is throwing punches to keep boxing central to the Olympic spirit. It aims to gain the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) nod and is working diligently to carve out a sustainable route that ensures boxing’s enduring presence in the Olympic games, looking forward to Los Angeles 2028 and beyond.