The Amateur Boxing Association of England has avoided a sanction from AIBA, the sport's international governing body, which could have threatened its boxers' participation at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, after its members voted to accept new articles and ratify a new board of directors yesterday.
AIBA said today it "welcomed the results" of the ABAE extraordinary general meeting, which bring boxing in England "into line" with the AIBA statutes and bylaws and put in place a code of conduct to ensure "ongoing compliance" by giving greater influence to clubs and extending the right to vote at general meetings to clubs with 20 or more members.
Ching-Kuo Wu, president of AIBA, said: "AIBA is convinced that England now has a bright boxing future ahead of it and we are very much looking forward to working with the new ABAE board of directors."
The ABAE was provisionally suspended on July 18, pending a disciplinary case, for what AIBA described as “serious breaches” of its statutes and bylaws.
AIBA lifted that ban in September, but said the organisation was continuing to commit "significant violations" of statutes and gave it until November 24 to adopt reforms.
The acceptance of the new articles and the board - both resolutions were passed by a 9-0 majority - removed the threat of further sanctions, and also ensured that the £5 million ($8.1 million) in funding from Sport England, the sports and administration body responsible for grassroots participation, remains in place.
A new ABAE board was recommended in late September as part of a continuing process of modernisation that resulted in Richard Caborn, the former UK sports minister, stepping down as chairman of the ABAE. However, there had been a resolution to remove the new board.
Following yesterday's votes, the ABAE board said in a statement: "This is a momentous day for boxing in England. The decisions to accept new articles and a new board are the final parts of a process of modernisation, which has been going on for nearly two years, and now provide a basis for the sport to move forwards with an effective and ‘fit for purpose’ governing body which gives greater influence to grassroots clubs."
Prior to the extraordinary general meeting, Commonwealth Games England admitted it was "extremely concerned" that the country's boxers would be banned from competing at Glasgow 2014.