Ching Kuo-Wu re-elected AIBA President

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 14:54 PM IST

Almaty: Incumbent Ching-Kuo Wu was on Tuesday re-elected unopposed as the president of the
International Boxing Association (AIBA) for a second
successive term.

"The 106 member countries represented at the AIBA
Congress voted by acclamation for Dr Ching-Kuo Wu from Chinese
Taipei to serve a second four-year term as the president of
the Association," the AIBA said in a statement.

The result means Wu, a member of the International
Olympic Committee, will return for a further four-year term as
the head of the association which he has been heading since
2006, when he put an end to the tenure of former president
Anwar Choudhry from Pakistan.

As the only candidate for the election, Wu was voted in
by acclamation.

Four confederation presidents were also re-elected as
vice-presidents of the association: Dr Abdullah Bessalem for
the African Boxing Confederation; Domingo Solano for the
American Boxing Confederation; Dr Humbert Furgoni for the
European Boxing Confederation and Keith Walker for the Oceania
Boxing Confederation.

"I want to thank all the delegates for your confidence
and trust placed in me," Wu said after the election.

"I clearly remember four years ago in Santo Domingo when
I was elected president I delivered my election speech. The
first thing I said is that the president of AIBA is a servant
of boxing for AIBA and for our national federations.”

"I now repeat this. With your confidence and trust I will
continue to give my commitment to you. In the past four years
I have travelled over 300 days a year. Maybe over the next
four years this will be over 350 days a year."

Wu presides over the world`s third biggest international
sports federation after the congress delegates ratified three
new provisional members today, bringing the organisation`s
total number of member federations to 195.

The new members are Guinea Bissau, Tanzania and Kiribati,
one of the world`s smallest countries by surface area.

PTI