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Boxing is a truly global sport with over 195 National Member Federations on 5 continents, enjoying the support of 10 million participants and countless fans. As the global governing body for boxing, AIBA recognizes the unique power of boxing to impact and change lives.

One of AIBA’s goals is to support this massive grassroots foundation to sustain the continued production of high caliber boxers.

AIBA seeks to facilitate grassroots development through the following platforms:
AIBA World Boxing Academy;
Coach Education;
Road to Dream;
International Olympic Committee Partnerships.

Concise history of the International Boxing Association - AIBA

Year 3 000 B.C.

The first proof of pugilism was found in Egypt and dates back to year 3000 BC. The fighters were naked and part of the King’s festivities. For years and years, boxing continuously evolved and was first accepted as an Olympic sport in 688 BC at the 23rd Olympiad in Olympia. Onomastos of Smyrna became the first Olympic champion. More than 2,600 years later, boxing remains on the Olympic Games programme. The first boxing competition at the Olympic Games of modern times was the 1904 edition in St-Louis (USA) with bouts in seven weight divisions.


From FIBA to AIBA

Several years later, representatives of the national associations of England, France, Belgium, Brazil and the Netherlands met in a preparatory conference for the foundation of an international boxing federation: The Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur (FIBA). The official foundation of FIBA was celebrated on August 24th 1920 during the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. International competition grew rapidly allowing amateurs to compete in prestigious tournaments.

In November 1946, a new start was given to boxing’s governing body in order to regain some of the loss of credibility caused by the behaviour of some leading officials during World War II. FIBA was dissolved and the English Amateur Boxing Association, in partnership with the French Boxing Federation, decided to create AIBA; the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur.

Now, 60 years later, AIBA continues to govern Olympic Games boxing while AIBA’s new president Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu takes boxing into a new era.

The word "amateur" is no longer used, while the shape of boxing throughout the world is changing its image through a new logo and revolutionary competition guidelines.

Most importantly, during this time of change, the International Boxing Association continues to work diligently to ensure a fair, safe and drug free sport for the benefit of all fans of our beautiful sport.

 

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Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu
President
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  • AIBA Pro Boxing (APB)

    “AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) was introduced in 2011 as the third competition program under AIBA’s umbrella, following AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) and the World Series of Boxing (WSB). APB is an unprecedented top-class individual ranking based Pro Boxing Competition introduced by AIBA to showcase the best features of Pro Boxing. APB aims at bringing boxing back to a mainstream position in the world of sports by taking into account the needs of fans and providing a top quality, highly entertaining and easily understood kind of Pro Boxing. APB’s structure aims at providing fans with regular fight-cards in multiple markets with the best boxers in the world. Fans will now be able to follow boxing events worldwide, in the same way as for other Olympic sports. Providing a merit based and comprehensive ranking system, with transparent and fair judging, APB epitomizes boxing performance at its best with a full Long Term Athlete Development approach, - from grassroots to pro – to help identify real boxing champions. Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games in history allowing pro boxers to compete. The only qualification pathway available to Pro boxers is via the APB competition which is fully supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The qualification pathway to the Games will be through competing in the APB program from its launch in 2014 until the APB Olympic Qualifying Events in 2015.”

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