AIBA INTERIM PRESIDENT AND EUBC PRESIDENT (2012-2022)
Name: Franco Falcinelli
Date of Birth: 05/05/1945, Assisi (Pg) – Italy
The boxing way of Franco Falcinelli begins in 1962 as amateur boxer, passing through the Central School of Sports in Rome and continuing with the appointment of technical assignments and national/international directorships.
As boxer, in 1966-1967, be part of Italian National Team and, a few years later, in 1971, he began his career as a technician. From 1978 until 1996 he was Federal Technical Head of Junior sector and then of the National teams of the Italian Boxing Federation (F.P.I.).
As coach of the national team and as President F.P.I. gets great results, winning important medals:
As coach: 7 Olympic Medals (including 3 golds), 6 European Championships, 3 World Championships, 3 World Cup; as F.P.I. President: 4 World Championships, 7 Olympic Medals.
National and International management roles:
In 1997 he was elected Federal Councilman of FPI and in 2001 he became President of the FPI renewed for the next two Olympic four years periods until 2013.
In 2001/2004 he was International Secretary of the WBC (World Boxing Council) and Executive Member of the European Committee of EABA (European Amateur Boxing Association); since 2002 he is EABA Vice President and President of EABA Coaches European Commission. From 2012 he is EUBC President (European Boxing Confederation), former EABA.
Globally, inside AIBA (International Amateur Boxing Association), he held various positions: from 2002 until 2006 he was member of the Global Executive Committee and Vice-President of the Youth World Commission; from 2007 until 2011 he was President of Technical Committee, from 2014 he is AIBA Vice-President and from 2015 he is President of the WSB Commission.
From 10th October 2017 he was elected interim AIBA President.
Since 2008 he participated in three Olympic Games Editions, in the role of:
President of Draw Commission of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Supervisor in London 2012, Deputy Supervisor in Rio 2016.
He achieved other ambitious projects:
The recognition in Italy in 2001 of women’s boxing thanks to the intervention of the then Minister of equal opportunities Katia Bellillo. Choice definitely forward-looking since women today compete not only for world titles but also Olympic ones.
In 2009, in Milan, he organized the first and only edition of the World Amateur Championships in the history of the Italian Boxing Federation and, on 24 February 2017, he inaugurated in Assisi the first National Museum of Boxing.
In addition to the managerial career, Franco Falcinelli is:
Journalist, author of two books and editor of publications.
He was Director of the periodical C.O.N.I. Umbria News, Boxing Ring and from 2014 is Scientific Director of the Regional School of Sport – Coni (Italian Olympic Committee).
For 10 years, from 1978 until 1988, he carried out political activity: he was Councilman and Sport Alderman in the municipality of Assisi, realizing National Boxing Centre where they train the Olympic teams and he was a Member of the Regional Council of Sport. It is also “Worthy Citizen of Assisi”, he was awarded the “Gold Star for Sporting Merit” and since 2004 is Commander of Merit of the Italian Republic.