Mr Berhanu Eyassu Wossen, from Ethiopia, was elected by acclamation as the new president of the AFBC on November 18, 2023. He remained the only candidate after the withdrawal of the other candidates. In total, 44 countries were represented at the Congress.
IBA President Umar Kremlev called on delegates to unity. “We are here today to unite all of Africa and I am happy to see a united team. To take our business to the next level, we need more events where athletes can have the opportunity to win money. I see a lot of countries in Africa that need our support and we have been extremely supportive with them.”
“National federations should be more active in asking for financial support. Today I would like you to elect your new president so that one of the candidates can begin the immense work that awaits us at AFBC for the future of boxing on the continent,” said President Kremlev.
Newly elected AFBC President Wossen promised more support for the continent: “I promise to find financial support for our continent. Let’s think about our future together because we must be united.”
“This is the dawn of a new era of unprecedented success in African boxing and I want to radically change the face of boxing on our continent,” said last October when he was president of the Ethiopian Federation boxing.
Berhanu Eyassu Wossen is elected President of the AFBC for a 4-year term.
He succeeds Cameroonian Bertrand Mendouga, president elected in 2022 but suspended in August 2023 by the IBA ethics commission. The election was originally scheduled to be held last month in Durban, South Africa. But the congress was postponed, and relocated to Ethiopia, following the opposition of a collective of thirty African nations to the list of candidates for the presidency of the African body, validated a month earlier by the commission of appointments from the Independent Boxing Integrity Unit (BIIU).