CK Wu re-elected as President of International Boxing Association

14 November 2014 News


The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has re-elected Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, as its President for a third consecutive term.

Dr. Wu, an IOC Executive Board member, was elected unopposed by delegates from 2014 AIBA Congress which has just ended in Jeju, Korea, and the delegates gave him a standing ovation.

Speaking after his re-election, Dr. Wu said: “This is a very touching moment. You have all expressed your support for my candidature. With the confidence and trust you have given me, I can carry out the promises I made to you. And you know that I always keep my promises.

Dr Wu continued: “Eight years ago, I promised I would carry out reforms and I have done so. For the next four years there is still a lot of work ahead of us. We have laid the foundations, but speaking as an architect, we need to add more layers to create a solid and enduring structure.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the final outcome of these initiatives over the coming four years. I declare that ‘impossible is not our word’ until we have taken boxing back to its Golden Age.”

Dr. Wu also outlined his key priorities for the coming four years, which included:

  • Ensuring that more women were appointed to leadership positions in boxing;
  • Establishing a ‘boxer centered’ organization by opening the doors for boxers to take up leadership positions;
  • Continuing to expand the World Series of Boxing (WSB) competition and the AIBA Pro-Boxing competition (APB), while at the same time increasing their commercial value;
  • Investing the revenues from Elite competitions into developing future generations of boxers by targeting funds towards the grassroots of the sport around the world.

At the close of Congress, delegates unanimously adopted ‘The Jeju Declaration’, endorsing the initiatives taken by AIBA to fulfil its mission to govern the sport of boxing in all of its forms.

The Jeju Declaration included resolutions to support:

  • The building of a tangible and protected career plan for AIBA boxers;
  • The continued development of Women’s boxing at all levels;
  • The harmonisation of technical rules for all AIBA competitions, as well as the removal of headguards in Elite Men’s competitions;
  • Protection of the image and reputation of the International Boxing Association from any ill-intentioned external influence;
  • Prevention and sanctions for any instances of corruption, matching fixing, gambling and violence inside or outside the ring;
  • Maintaining the principle of not using the word “Amateur” in AIBA sport programs, as well as avoiding being perceived as a “Combat and Martial Arts” sport – and instead protecting boxing’s ancient heritage as the “Noble Art”.

With the closing of 2014 AIBA Congress, all Delegates unanimously approved and unveiled the following declarations for the further enhancement of its key initiatives for the successful fulfilment of the mission set on October 22, 2007 in Chicago to govern the sport of boxing in all of its forms.


  • One of the priorities of AIBA in the next 4 years is to build and develop a tangible career protection plan for all AIBA boxers, especially in regard to the safety and

    post boxing career welfare and options.

  • Enhancement of overall Women’s participation in the sport of boxing is another primary goal of AIBA and it will further invest into development programs for all levels of Women boxers.
  • AIBA decisions on the recent revolutionary adoption of “One Technical Rules” for all AIBA Competition Programs, AOB, APB and WSB, and its decision to remove Headguards for Elite Men Competitions have been unanimously endorsed by the Congress.
  • All members of the International Boxing Association will give their best coordinated efforts to protect the image and reputation of the world governing body of the sport of boxing in all of its forms from any outside ill-intentioned influence which seeks to disrupt the harmony and unity of our organization.
  • AIBA will continue working to prevent, including through the use of disciplinary sanctions, any possible corruption, matching fixing, gambling and violence inside or outside of rings.
  • AIBA continues maintaining its principle of abandoning the use of the word “Amateur” in relation to its sport programs and dissociating the sport of boxing from images of it being a “Combat and Martial Art Sport” in order to ensure the protection of its original characteristic as the “Noble Art” sport.

All AIBA Congress delegates strongly support the present governance and all of the sport initiatives being implemented by the current administration for the best interests of all AIBA boxers and future young boxing generations.

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