USA Boxing Foundation Board Member Elise Seignolle was recently elected as one of 10 new Independent Directors to the International Boxing Association (IBA) Board of Directors after winning the most votes of all nominees. on the last day of the IBA Extraordinary Congress in Istanbul. , Turkey.
“I’m grateful for all the support, but there’s a lot of work to do,” Seignolle said. “I feel like this is a huge win as the first three board members who were elected were women at the Women’s World Championships. This represents the start of a change in leadership and culture. .
“Elise is uniquely qualified to be an independent board of directors for IBA,” said Mike McAtee, executive director of USA Boxing. “His background in finance will be invaluable in helping IBA with financial accountability and transparency. Additionally, his energy, business knowledge, ability to connect with people and boxing tenacity will all be used to make a difference in helping to change the leadership and culture of Olympic style boxing.”
The election of the Board of Directors saw the following candidates elected:
Elise Seignolle, United States (106 votes)
Pearl Dlamini, Eswatini (88 votes)
Belhaj Abdeljaouad, Morocco (82 votes)
Kristy Harris, Australia (84 votes)
Zsuzsanna Toth, Hungary (71 votes)
Marta Forcen Celaya, Spain (63 votes)
Volodymyr Prodyvus, Ukraine (76 votes)
Yousuf Al-Kazim, Qatar (71 votes)
Jinquiang Zhou, China (69 votes)
Dian Gomez, Sri Lanka (69 votes)
Out of 155 voting national boxing federations, Seignolle’s 106 votes represented 68% of the nations voting in his favour.
According to IBA’s goal for equal representation, at least five of the 10 directors elected had to be women, and only three candidates could be elected per continent.
Umar Kremlev has been elected by acclamation to a second term as IBA President following Dutch Boxing Federation leader Boris van der Vorst’s decision to be ineligible to be led by the Independent Integrity Unit of boxing (BIIU).
The IBA Board of Directors is made up of 18 members, Kremlev, heads of the five continental governing bodies, 10 independent directors and two representatives of the Athletes’ Committee.