World Champion from Ukraine Olexandr Khyzhniak was elected AIBA Athlete’s commission chair, European champion from Italy Irma Testa became the vice-chair. Also Read - Boxing: Tashkent to Host 2023 Men's Boxing World Championships

AIBA Executive Committee on its last meeting approved candidacies and welcomed Khyzhniak and Testa as a new member of the EC with voting rights. They will take part in their first EC conference-call on March 28th. Also Read - AIBA Threatens BFI With Suspension on Delay Over International Dues; Latter Promises to Clear Debts by May 20

“It is a great honour to become a Member of the AIBA Executive Committee for the first time in history as one of the athlete representatives. I take this responsibility seriously and intend to ensure constant incorporation of interests of boxers into the strategic and administrative decision-making processes of AIBA,” said Khyzhniak. Also Read - AIBA Alleges Boxing Federation of India Yet to Pay Hosting Fee For 2018 World Championships

“I have set a number of priority tasks for my new role, such as the early approval of the AIBA Calendar for the coming years, including the qualification system for the 2024 Olympics. I also find it important to get more detailed clarification of the criteria used by judges to score rounds.”

Born in 1995, Khyzhniak took up boxing at just 10 years of age. An amateur boxer who competes in the middleweight division, Khyzhniak is one of Europe’s brightest Light Heavyweight prospects. Khyzhniak won the 2012 AIBA Youth World Championships, and has emerged as a senior star after his exploits in the World Series of Boxing. The 20-year-old earned a bronze at the Baku 2015 European Games, and has a strong and controlling jab.

Khyzhniak a 2016 Ukrainian champion. He won a gold medal at the 2017 European Championships in Kharkiv and another gold at the 2017 World Championships in Hamburg.