Ten Years of AIBA President WU’s leadership
Dear Boxing Friends, Distinguishedguests, Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of AIBA Family, I have agreat pleasure to introduce a great anniversary: Ten Years of AIBA President WU’s leadership.
Ten years ago in Santo Domingo Dr.Ching-Kuo Wu was elected AIBA President after a hard fight versus Prof.Chowdhry. It was a very close bout andDr. Wu won on points, but that victory represented a milestone for the AIBA’sfuture.
I am sure that thanks to his highposition in the IOC, this step saved Boxing in the Olympic Program.
During these intensive ten years,AIBA made an extraordinary progress and launched a new era for boxingworldwide. Many important reforms and initiatives have helped bring boxing upto the prestigious position it holds today amongst the most popular Olympicsport. Starting from the Congress in Chicago 2007 where President WU ｄｅｃｌａｒｅｄ that AIBA’s paramount mission is ‘to govern boxing in all its forms’, and underhis leadership AIBA continued to modernize and renew its commitment to a newera of boxing.
A few of the many achievements madein this decade have been:A few of the many achievements madein this decade have been:
·Revision of AIBA Statutes, Bylaws, Technical Rules andCompetition System.
·New Certification Management System for Officials(like ITOs, T.D. and then Supervisor) formed and selected by rigorousexaminations.
·New duties for ITOs in the FOP which has beenappropriately amended along with boxer’s uniforms
·Clear pathway for biddings to awarded and host majorworld and continental competitions.
·Great attention to the boxing equipment in order tosafeguard the health of boxers.
·HeadsUp Campaign based on the 4core principles: HEALTH, EDUCATION, SPORTand SUSTAINABILITY. President WU said “The health of boxers is our top priority”
·Toughly fighting to compete in a doping-free sport. Weare happy that Boxing is one of the cleanest Olympic Sport.
·Great effort was made to train Coaches, R&Js, RingsideDoctors, Cutman through AIBA certification carry out by AIBA World BoxingAcademy in Kazakhstan, which is one of the most important and cultural boxinghub worldwide.
·The new, entertaining and innovative competition inWSB
·Another historical step was made creating theprofessional competition: AIBA APB.
President Wu gave to the best boxers the opportunityto forge sustainable careers within the AIBA structure.
Opening the door to Pro’s in RioOlympic Games was a bold and courageous step in our sport’s history, with thetrue interpretation of the strong will of all boxing fans to start thereunification of boxing under only one organizing body.
·The New Scoring System, the removal of head guards forelite boxers, the Extraordinary Congress to begin, with new updated Rules, thenext Olympic Cycle, are the last innovations for the better future of ourbeloved sport.
The role of AIBA President has beena highly demanding one, but as President says, the work is never done.
Under President WU’s leadership,AIBA reached a record of 200 National Federation members. Thanks to keep inclose touch with them all and President Wu has made it his priority andcommitment to the AIBA Member Federations with endless travel, dedication andpresence for all kind of events: commemorations, celebrations, cultural,political and social meetings; supporting all grassroots programs around theworld.
President WU, is an incomparable exampleof dedication, solidarity and Olympic spirit.
In this full promotional activity,we have to thank another person: Mrs. Wu! She prepared the departures andnonstop travels; she endured long absences and patiently awaited the return ofher husband.
It is really true that near a greatman there is always a great woman. Thank you, Mrs. WU, from all of us.
Dear Friends,if AIBA has become a stronger, more efficient International Sport Association,the great merit is of our President and all of us are proud to belong to this70th International Boxing Association and to celebrate the first 10 years ofhis leadership!