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World Boxing continues its attempt to become the governing body of the sport, aiming to gather a larger number of Federations, taking advantage of the fact that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has not yet decided on the appeal filed by the International Boxing Association (IBA) regarding its exclusion from the Olympic movement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Currently, two more countries are waiting to be recognized as members and join the 27 that are already confirmed.

World Boxing, a new federative body that emerged amid the conflict between the IOC and the IBA with the intention of keeping the sport in the Olympic program in Los Angeles 2028, remains determined to gather the largest number of members. It seeks to take advantage of the ongoing review by CAS of IBA's appeal on the IOC's decision to exclude it from the movement and, in this period of indecision, gain supporters for the cause. It is worth noting that the IOC was responsible for organizing the entire qualifying process for Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.

According to the Statutes of the World Boxing Federation, the following countries are eligible to participate in the 2023 World Boxing Inaugural Congress.

Argentina - Federación Argentina de Boxeo 

Australia  - Boxing Australia Limited  

Brazil - Confederação Brasileira de Boxe 

Canada - Boxing Canada 

Czech Republic - Czech Boxing Association 

Denmark - Danish Boxing Federation 

England - England Boxing 

Finland - Finnish Boxing Federation 

French Polynesia - Federation du boxe de Polynesie Française 

Germany - German Boxing Association 

Great Britain - GB Boxing 

Honduras - Federacion Hondurena de boxeo 

Iceland - Iceland Boxing Federation 

Jamaica - Jamaica Boxing Association 

Mongolia - Mongolia Boxing Federation 

Netherlands - Dutch Boxing Federation / Nederlandse Boksbond 

New Zealand - Boxing New Zealand Inc

Nigeria - Nigeria Boxing Federation 

Norway - Norwegian Boxing Federation 

Panama - Federacíón de Boxeo Olímpico de Panamá 

Philippines - Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines 

Scotland - Boxing Scotland Boxing Ltd. 

Suriname - Surinaamse Boksbond 

Sweden - Swedish Boxing Federation 

USA - USA Boxing

US Virgin Islands - US Virgin Islands Boxing 

Wales - Welsh amateur Boxing Association 

Note: Two National Federations are in the process of World Boxing Membership and can be added up to 6th November 2023, if the application is accepted. No other Federations are eligible.

It is obvious that we will have to wait for the decision of the CAS to know with certainty the direction in which this sport is heading and who will exercise supremacy and governance for the organization of events and their regulation.