AIBA, the world governing body for boxing in the Olympics, has appointed Yoon Seok Chang, president of the Korean Amateur Boxing Federation, to its executive body, an indication of improved ties between the two organisations.
The vacancy on the AIBA executive board came about following Jianping Chang's resignation as president of the Chinese Boxing Association at the end of 2012.
Yoon will serve out the remainder of Chang's tenure until a formal election can be held at the 2014 AIBA congress, to be held in Jeju, South Korea.
Ching-Kuo Wu, president of AIBA, said of Yoon: "I am very happy to count on such a great expert in laws and ethics among the AIBA executive committee. I am convinced that your wide knowledge will greatly contribute to the development of our beloved sport both in Korea and worldwide.
"I would like to congratulate you on this occasion and thank you for all your future endeavours for the betterment of our organisation."
Yoon was elected president of the KABF in April, after which AIBA lifted its suspension on the national federation that had been in force since after the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The KABF had been temporarily stripped of its membership after failing to hold a proper board meeting and elect a new president to replace Sang Soon Ahn, who had resigned in April 2012. The federation's vice-president, Kim Young-ki, had been promoted to the role of president without the election requested by AIBA.
The KABF had also served a suspension prior to the election of Ahn as president in October 2010, related to a long-running row over corruption and other allegations against its former leader Jae Joon Yoo.
AIBA had accused the KABF of refusing to elect a new president, despite a string of charges against Yoo, including: bribing voting members at an election; violating a weigh-in process at a boxing competition; and sending a ‘fake’ doctor to an AIBA event.