Sep 25, 2022 Sports
Guyana will be among more than one hundred and seventy countries casting votes when the International Boxing Association (IBA and formerly AIBA) stages an Extraordinary Congress this morning in Yerevan, Armenia.
The Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) is being represented by its President, Steve Ninvalle, at the critical event which could pit incumbent Umar Kremlev of Russia against Holland’s Boris Van Der Vorst, in a race for the President’s seat.
Today’s Congress will see eligible affiliated Federations first casting votes on whether there needs to be an election.
In a telephone interview with Ninvalle yesterday, he explained that IBA held a Presidential election last May in Istanbul, Turkey where Kremlev was reelected unopposed.
However, Van der Vorst, who was also a candidate for the presidency in the May election, was excluded from the vote for alleged irregularities. He appealed his exclusion to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and in June, CAS ruled that the Dutchman’s barring from the vote was not justified.
According to Ninvalle, the affiliates will first have to vote on if there is need for an election today. “Only if this vote is successful then there will be an immediately election,” Ninvalle added.
“To me, this is one of the most pivotal events in boxing and the results, in my personal opinion, will reveal if IBA is capable of solving its own issues or, if outside influence has the upper hand,” Ninvalle, a former Americas Boxing Association (AMBC) Vice President claimed.
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