June 18, 2007
Mr. Heiberg (left) with IOC President
Dr. Jacques Rogge (centre) and Dr.
Wu during AIBA's Executive Committee meeting
at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.
The chairman of the AIBA Reform Committee Mr. Gerhard Heiberg praised the attitude of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) Executive Committee following its full endorsement of a reform project which was presented during the two-day AIBA Executive Committee meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, which finished on Friday.
Mr Heiberg, who is an IOC Executive Board member and chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission, presented a portfolio of innovative recommendations covering the AIBA organisation and the sport of boxing, such as a new scoring system, AIBA’s relationship with professional boxing and the introduction of new AIBA Articles and Rules.
“The unanimous approval of the AIBA Executive Board is the perfect response to this reform project under the leadership of its president Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu,” Mr. Heiberg said. “The members were very impressed with the recommendations, particularly those which covered key issues in scoring, and refereeing and judging and their full support gives AIBA the green light to continue evolving towards a new era in boxing.”
All the reform proposals will now go in front of the AIBA Congress for final approval, which will sit in Chicago on October 17 of this year.
The Reform Committee, which in addition to Mr. Heiberg consists of five outside experts and four AIBA representatives, was set up in February earlier this year, to draw up objective evaluations on the current AIBA and boxing movement, understanding all the intentions of building a new AIBA and develop new recommendations on specific issues to reform AIBA and the sport of boxing.
About the International Boxing Association
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is a non-profit making international organization, which was founded under the name Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur (FIBA) in 1920. In 1946 a new start was given with the launch of AIBA to replace the dissolved FIBA and now, more than 60 years later, AIBA, with its 195 member federations, continues to govern the sport of Boxing, working for the benefit of the sport and all its participants, to help Boxing realise its potential within the Olympic Movement and the international sporting arena.