IBA acknowledges ASOIF decision and reiterates its commitment to boxers’ well-being on its re-recognition path

April 9th, 2024 / IBA

The International Boxing Association (IBA) acknowledges the decision by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) taken today in its Annual General Assembly. While this outcome is profoundly disappointing, we wish to stress our unwavering commitment to the sport of boxing and our remarkable athletes and coaches across the globe as the IBA starts its re-recognition journey.
The ASOIF decision follows the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision to not uphold the IBA’s appeal against the IOC for its loss of recognition. The IBA strongly rejects the CAS decision as it completely repeats the IOC’s rhetoric, despite sufficient proof of the progress has been provided. The IBA will go down the road to protect its athletes and coaches by considering the Swiss Federal Tribunal appeal.
In response to the concerns raised, the IBA reiterates that it has already implemented significant governance and compliance reforms since late 2020. We are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of transparency and integrity within the boxing community while delivering world-class events. Our focus remains steadfast on providing unparalleled opportunities for our boxers, ensuring they have a global stage to showcase their talent and dedication. All actions of IBA are done to ensure their well-being and continuous development. 
We believe in the power of dialogue and collaboration. To this end, we are committed to keeping constructive dialogue with the ASOIF, and all stakeholders in the international sports community to address and resolve the issues at hand. The IBA is ready to explore all avenues for a positive way forward.
The solidarity and support within our boxing family – National Federations, athletes, coaches – remain our greatest strength. Together, we are determined to navigate these challenges and emerge stronger, with a clear vision for a vibrant and inclusive future for boxing.
Our sport has a rich 120-year Olympic legacy, and we are resolute in our mission to ensure this legacy continues to thrive. The IBA is more committed than ever to the advancement of boxing and will tirelessly work to ensure its rightful place on the world stage.