World Boxing: GB Boxing looking for affiliate membership with breakaway worldwide governing physique

The back of a Great Britain boxer during the Olympic Games. The faces of the boxers cannot be seen
Boxing has been left off the preliminary programme for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles

GB Boxing is about to use for affiliate membership with a breakaway worldwide governing physique.

World Boxing was established in response to the “persistent points” surrounding the Olympic sport’s current governing physique, the Worldwide Boxing Affiliation (IBA).

The choice displays a “willpower to help World Boxing’s dedication to sporting integrity”, GB Boxing stated.

GB athletes have received 14 medals at three Olympic Video games.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the IBA in 2019 over governance points and alleged corruption.

GB Boxing’s assertion follows on from latest bulletins by USA Boxing and the Swiss Boxing Federation to depart IBA and apply for membership of World Boxing.

The Dutch Boxing Federation says “a farewell to IBA appears inevitable”, whereas Boxing New Zealand claims it sees “little future in persevering with the affiliation with IBA”.

Boxing will happen on the Paris 2024 Olympics however it has been left off the preliminary programme for Los Angeles 2028.

World Boxing is presently led by an Interim Govt Board made up of representatives from boxing organisations in Germany, Nice Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sweden and the USA.

GB Boxing’s Chief Govt, Matt Holt, and 2020 Olympic gold medallist, Lauren Worth, who’s an Athlete Consultant, are on that Interim Board.

The Chair of GB Boxing’s Board of Administrators, Jason Glover, stated: “It’s vitally vital to the way forward for the game within the UK and throughout the globe that boxing stays a part of the Olympic programme.

“The lack of Olympic standing would have devastating penalties for boxers and everybody linked with the game from the elite degree to the grassroots and we’re dedicated to supporting World Boxing in its efforts to maintain boxing at coronary heart of the Olympic Motion.

“GB Boxing has performed a major position in serving to to ascertain World Boxing and the choice to use for affiliate membership is an indication of our long-term dedication to the brand new organisation and a want on our behalf to play an element in its future growth.

“We’re dedicated to serving to World Boxing ship a greater future for the game which places boxers’ pursuits on the centre of decision-making and operates with rigorous governance practices designed to ship equity and sporting integrity.”

As GB Boxing is a publicly funded World Class Programme and never a Nationwide Governing Physique, it won’t be eligible for voting rights, due to this fact, they’re making use of for affiliate membership.

Nevertheless, Boxing England, Scotland and Wales will be capable to apply for full membership with voting rights.