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Boxing Independent Integrity Unit (BIIU)

The Boxing Independent Integrity Unit (BIIU) is the operationally independent unit, in charge of dealing with all ethical and disciplinary issues (including issues related to conflicts of interest), as well as conducting eligibility checks and selecting candidates for elections and providing education and development services.

The BIIU operates in accordance with Boxing Independent Integrity Unit Rules, approved by the IBA Board of Directors on 23 September 2022.

Operational independents of the BIIU assumes that it shall have its own managing bodies and staff independent from IBA, IT and security system, website and branding.

The BIIU has its own budget allocated by the IBA Board of Directors.

The official BIIU language is English.

Email: info@biiu.sport

BIIU structure

BIIU Managing Board

Managing Board, consisting of 5 or more members, including chairperson, shall be appointed for 4 years by the Independent Vetting Panel.  

Each candidate to the Managing Board shall meet eligibility criteria to ensure high level standard of reputation.

Managing Board reports to IBA Congress and to IBA Board between the meetings of Ordinary Congress.

Managing Board is responsible for:

  • Approval BIIU strategic plan
  • Approval BIIU budget
  • Appointment of the Managing Director and IPOs
  • Preliminary (prior to IBA Board) approval of the Rules and Regulations related to BIIU activity
  • Approve decisions of the Managing Director on litigation matters
  • Approval of the BIIU major transactions etc.

BIIU Managing Board

  • Bernhard Heinrich WELTEN, Switzerland (Chairperson)
  • James Richard Victor KITCHING, Australia, Italia, United Kingdom
  • Nader Jalal Mohammed ALAWADHI, Kingdom of Bahrein
  • Richard R. YOUNG, USA
  • Dev Kumar PARMAR, United Kingdom

BIIU Managing Board decisions

BIIU Managing Board meeting minutes

BIIU Managing Board Meeting minutes - 20 December 2023
BIIU Managing Board Meeting minutes - 29 November 2023
BIIU Managing Board Meeting minutes - 27 November 2023

BIIU Managing Director

BIIU Managing Director: Marco Steiner, Switzerland

The BIIU Managing Director shall be appointed for 4 years by the Managing Board.

A candidate for the Managing Director shall meet eligibility criteria to ensure high-level standard of reputation.

The Managing Director reports to the Managing Board.

Managing Director’s powers:

  • Manage the work of the BIIU administration and develop its strategic plan
  • Control of BIIU expenditures and report to the Managing Board
  • Head investigation and prosecution functions in BIIU
  • Decide on litigation matters upon approval of the Managing Board
  • Ensure compliance by BIIU with the relevant bylaws
  • Take and keep minutes of the Managing Board meetings
  • Maintain a BIIU whistleblowers line and ensure its confidentiality
  • Support the conduct of external audits of BIIU
  • Decide to provide pro bono counsel to a party etc.

BIIU Managing Director decisions

BIIU Managing Director decision of non-admission: Mr. David Pina - 12 October 2023

BIIU Compliance Unit Tribunal (Tribunal)

The Tribunal replaces the Ethics Committee and the Disciplinary Committee. This body shall consist of 5 or more members, including chairperson, to be appointed for 4 years by the Managing Board.

Each candidate to the Tribunal shall meet eligibility criteria to ensure high level standard of reputation.

The Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear cases where a breach of the Regulations allegedly accrued and to apply sanctions.

The Tribunal shall have jurisdiction over national or continental cases when it has not been investigated and judged, and/or cannot be expected to be investigated and judged, by the relevant judicial bodies of National Federation or Confederation concerned.

The meeting of the Tribunal may be held in a form of single arbitrator (the Chairperson of the Tribunal) or in form of the panel consisted of three (3) arbitrators.

The Tribunal is independent in taking the decisions within its competence.

BIIU Tribunal

  • Malek Badri, Tunisia (Chairperson)
  • Faisal Al-Obidan, Saudi Arabia
  • Ennio Bovolenta, Italy
  • Sally Clark, UK
  • Ioannis Mournianakis, Greece
  • Adrian Stangaciu, Romania
  • Harveen Thauli, Canada

BIIU Tribunal decisions

BIIU Tribunal decision: Mrs Karina Picson - 2 November 2023
BIIU Tribunal decision: Mr Boris van der Vorst - 2 November 2023
BIIU Tribunal decision: Mrs Karin Mattson - 1 November 2023
BIIU Tribunal decision: Mr Michael Muller - 1 November 2023
BIIU Tribunal decision: Mrs Keith Walker - 28 October 2023
BIIU Tribunal decision: IBA vs Mr. Alexander Klemenko - 22 September 2023
BIIU Tribunal decision: Mrs. Valeria Trabucchi - 22 September 2023

BIIU Compliance Unit Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC)

The DRC shall consist of 5 or more members, including chairperson, to be appointed for 4 years by the Managing Board.

Each candidate to the DRC shall meet eligibility criteria to ensure high level standard of reputation.

DRC is competent to hear the following boxing related disputes:

  • disputes of international dimension arising from IBA Constitution and Regulations, Confederation Constitution and Regulations
  • disputes arising from IBA-owned and IBA-sanctioned Competitions (excluding challenging of sporting results)
  • disputes arising from elections in National Federations
  • disputes regarding change of sports nationality and eligibility to represent National Federation
  • contractual disputes of international dimension where there is arbitration clause to settle a dispute at DRC

The meeting of the DRC may be held in a form of single arbitrator (the Chairperson of the DRC) or in form of the panel consisted of three (3) arbitrators.

The DRC is independent in taking the decisions within its competence.

BIIU Dispute Resolution Chamber

  • Francois Strydom, South Africa (Chairperson)
  • Gauthier Bouchat, Belgium
  • Gavin Dingley, South Africa/UK
  • Divy Kadakia, India
  • Ashot Kyuregyan, Armenia
  • Franco Rodriguez, Peru
  • Yago Vazquez Moraga, Spain
  • Federico Venturi Ferriolo, Italy
  • Louis Weston, UK

DRC Decisions

BIIU Dispute Resolution Chamber decision: between Mr. Moses Muhangi and Azania Omo-Agege & AFBC Board of Directors - 12 October 2023

BIIU Nomination Unit

The Nomination Unit shall consist of 5 or more members, including chairperson, appointed for 4 years by the Managing Board.

Each candidate to the Nomination Unit shall meet eligibility criteria to ensure high level standard of reputation.

The Nomination Unit shall exercise all tasks provided for in the Constitution, BIIU Rules, and the Regulations on Congress and Elections which are related to eligibility checks and assessment of appointments and elections in IBA.

The Nomination Unit shall meet whenever necessary and reports to the Managing Board.

The Nomination Unit is independent in taking the decisions within its competence.

BIIU Nomination Unit

  • Emin Özkurt, Türkiye (Chairperson)
  • Pierfilippo Capello, Italy
  • Cambise Heron, Cyprys/France/UK
  • Jorge Vaquero Villa, Spain

BIIU Nomination Board Decisions

BIIU Nomination Unit decision: Mr. Ferdinand Ilunga Luyoyo - 28 September 2023
BIIU Nomination Unit decision: Mr. Moses Muhangi - 28 September 2023
BIIU Nomination Unit decision: Mr. Siena Azania Omo-Agege - 25 September 2023
BIIU Nomination Unit decision: Mr. Mohamed El-Kabbouri - 25 September 2023
BIIU Nomination Unit decision: Mr. Eyassu Wossen Berhanu - 25 September 2023
BIIU Nomination Unit decision: Mr. Bertrand Magloire Roland Mendouga - 25 September 2023
BIIU Nomination Unit decision on IBA elections - 28 August 2023

BIIU Education & Development Unit

The Education & Development Unit shall consist of 5 or more members, including chairperson, appointed for 4 years by the Managing Board.

Each candidate to the Education & Development Unit shall meet eligibility criteria to ensure high level standard of reputation.

Powers of the Education & Development Unit:

  • plan, organize and develop educational programmes related to sports integrity (in particular, seminars, courses for boxers, coaches, International Technical Officials, Referees and Judges, National Federations and Confederations)
  • plan, organize and develop educational programmes related to antidoping (in cooperation with ITA)

The Education & Development Unit shall meet whenever necessary and reports to the Managing Board.

The Education & Development Unit is independent in taking the decisions within its competence.

BIIU Education and Development Unit:

  • Dejan Laninovic, Croatia (Chairperson)
  • Martin V Burrows, USA
  • Bahram Ghafari Goushe, Canada/Iran
  • Kristina Levsha, Belarus/Poland
  • Alberto Terranova, Italy