All National Federations are invited to apply to join World Boxing which is a membership governed organisation. At its inaugural Congress held in Frankfurt on 25 and 25 November 2023, World Boxing had 27 members across all five continents that take part in international boxing.
Members of World Boxing have between one and three votes which reflect the contribution of their National Federation to the development and growth of the sport based on clearly defined criteria.
Having a membership structure with variable voting rights aims to protect the sport and preserve the long-term sustainability of World Boxing by ensuring that those countries which are active in developing boxing have an influence on the future progression of the sport.
At the same time, it seeks to eliminate practices that would otherwise enable well-funded National Federations or individuals to build blocs of support by offering inducements to those with a limited track record of developing the sport, yet whose vote in a ‘one member one vote’ system would have the same weight as a country that has had a significant impact on the growth and profile of Olympic boxing.
Voting structures similar to World Boxing’s have been successfully deployed in other international federations, which are A-rated in governance by ASOIF, including the Badminton World Federation (BWF), International Tennis Federation (ITF), and World Taekwondo. ASOIF’s opinion on this can be viewed HERE.
Details of World Boxing’s membership package for National Federations in English, French and Spanish are available below: