Boxing : Declaration of Lima - Peru 2019
Important Information Olympic Boxing of America.
August 9th, 2019
During the past weekend, we met in Lima, Peru, an important group of
Presidents of Boxing Federations of America, whose signatures appear in the
document that I am attaching, called “Declaration of Lima, Peru 2019”. In
this document, we make a series of considerations regarding the situation
that currently deprives AIBA, the repercussions and its consequences that
they have had and may have in the immediate future for Olympic boxing.
In this document we adopt the agreements that we consider most important
for our sport, among which the following stand out: The Request that all
current members of the AIBA Executive Committee resign their positions, in
addition to exercising a “no confidence” vote for the president of the
American Boxing Confederation, Mr. Osvaldo Bisbal of Argentina, and for Mr.
Pat Fiacco of Canada; both members of the AIBA Executive Committee for
In view of the foregoing, I send you the content of our statement so that, if
you consider it of interest, it will be published in the very important means
of communication that you represent.
Ricardo Contreras H.
Federacion Mexicana de Boxeo, AC
DECLARATION OF LIMA-PERU 2019
The undersigned, Presidents of the National Boxing Federations of America, subsidiaries of AMBC and
AIBA, in the framework of the Pan American Games, we agree to issue the following statement
regarding the institutional crisis experienced by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). It is our
firm desire to find an expeditious and definite solution to this very important matter, always in
accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the fundamental principles
established by the Olympic Charter.
THAT, during the last decade, the AIBA has been immersed in a systematic loss of credibility and
prestige worldwide, as a result of serious and systematic and proven accusations of corruption against
some of its top executives, aggravated by an obvious lack of good governance and transparency in its
administration. Furthermore, we must include the judges as part of this institutional failure.
THAT, questionable actions, of not attending in good faith the principles and values of the Olympic
Movement, have motivated the intervention of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC has
demanded superior governance and transparency within AIBA, to follow strict compliance guidelines
abiding by the rules of the Olympic Charter and the protection of its athletes.
THAT, several Members of the AIBA Executive Committee, instead of supporting the resolutions and
actions undertaken by the IOC, chose to challenge them with intimidating pronouncements contrary
to the principles and values that inspired the foundation of AIBA.
THAT, such unacceptable behavior has earned strong rejection from the majority of the Members of
the AIBA and AMBC Executive Committees, this feeling is supported by a significant number of the
AIBA affiliated Federations, a majority that has supported and will continue to support the roadmap
drawn by the IOC, which is expected to last at least until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, to eventually
convene to establish comprehensive reforms of our entity and the regularization of its activities.
THAT, the Special Commission designated by the IOC to undertake all the actions that are required to
carry out the AIBA comprehensive reforms is correctly fulfilling its duties and tasks that will be imposed
on it, and with the support of all managers and Federations that support this process to rescue our
THAT, although the roadmap drawn by the IOC is fundamental and important for the achievement of
the proposed objectives, National Federations, AMBC and AIBA must adopt and be able to meet high
expectations and commitment future actions in favor of the restructuring of AIBA and the
implementation of the principles of good faith, exceptional governance, best practices and
transparency within it.
THAT, the Congress is the highest instance of government of the AIBA, so it is the correct forum for its
members to take all resolutions that enable their comprehensive reform, such as the reform of its
statutes and the approval of its Code of Ethics and the Eligibility Regulations of its leaders, as well as
the realization of a new election of Members of its Executive Committee and the Ethics Commission.
THAT, the Congress to convene for such purposes, in order to guarantee a democratic participation of
all its members, respect the agreements and commitments assumed with the IOC in order to lift its
suspension from AIBA, it is suggested that the Congress be carried out in the host city of the
International Olympic Committee, Lausanne-Switzerland on November 15, 2019.
THAT, it is imperative that National Federations affiliates of AMBC and AIBA, such as those represented
below, ratify our support for the actions undertaken by the IOC and the Special Commission, and to
ensure that more Members abide to this class of pronouncements and concerted efforts.
1. To emphatically reject the lack of good governance and transparency evidenced by the top AIBA
executives, as well as the actions of those judges who’s impartiality and good conduct have been
questioned for failing the principles and values of the Olympic Movement, and those who inspired
the foundation of the AIBA.
2. Support the resolutions adopted by the IOC, aimed at achieving a comprehensive reform of AIBA,
which will restore its former prestige, credibility and world standing, always safeguarding the
health and rights of its athletes.
3. Support the resolutions and actions undertaken by the Special Commission, in compliance with
the IOC's assignment, and to renew its commitment to continue supporting it until the
achievement of the objectives imposed on AIBA are met, something the world of boxing so much
4. Request to those responsible for the institutional crisis of AIBA, who are still part of the
organization and are also members of AMBC, they MUST resign from both entities.
5. To urge all members of the great AIBA family to condemn those responsible for this institutional
crisis and to request their resignation and removal from the organization, to be exercised in the
next scheduled AIBA Congress.
6. To exercise our vote of NO TRUST for Mr. Osvaldo Bisbal, President of the AMBC for being singled
out in the IOC report as part of the systemic problems within AIBA and to also exercise our vote of
NO TRUST for Mr. Patt Fiacco, Member of the AIBA Executive Committee appointed by the former
AIBA President, has been a radical supporter of a person that the IOC has warned that they would
not support nor recognize as the new AIBA President. Mr. Patt Fiacco has been putting pressure on
our Federations to support his candidate, taking advantage of decency and nobility of most of the
Federations of America.
7. Reaffirm our commitment to the good governance and transparency of world boxing, and the
organizations we represent.
8. To forward this Declaration to the IOC, to the Members of the AMBC Executive Committee,
Members of the AIBA Executive Committee and to all Federations of the Continent, and to promote
its public dissemination.
Done and signed in the city of Lima-Peru, on August 03, 2019.
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