By Tom Degun in Almaty

C_K_Wu_at_CongressNovember 2 - C K Wu of Taiwan has been re-elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after the 106 member countries represented at the 2010 Congress here in Kazakhstan today voted for him to serve a second four-year term.

Wu (pictured) was the only candidate eligible for presidency after Paul King, chief executive of the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE), failed in his efforts to run against him by securing just four nominations from national associations, as opposed to the 20 required.

Wu, an AIBA member for 25 years, took over in 2006 when he put an end to the tenure of former president Anwar Choudry from Pakistan on a reform ticket.

Wu, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has widely been credited with cleaning up AIBA and making the organisation 'transparent' since he took over.

He received a standing ovation from all the delegates in Almaty as it was announced that he was voted in by acclamation.

Speaking on the second and final day of the Congress, Wu said: "I want to thank all the delegates for your confidence and trust placed in me.

"I clearly remember four years ago in Santo Domingo when I was elected president and I delivered my election speech.

"The first thing I said was that the president of AIBA is a servant of boxing for AIBA and for our national federations.

"I now repeat this.

"With your confidence and trust I will continue to give my commitment to you. In the past four years I have travelled over 300 days a year.

"Maybe over the next four years this will be over 350 days a year.

"We have a lot of work.

"Although we have achieved many things, you have all demonstrated that you want the new AIBA, you want continuous reform, you want a very clean, honest and transparent organisation.

"I give this commitment to you: I will do everything I can to make sure we are a clean organisation.

"We have a lot of prospects, a lot of vision and a lot of new work ahead of us.

"I need you to really unite with me.

"No organisation can survive and have strength if it is internally divided.

"So with this plea from me, let's work hand in hand for the next four years."

Wu presides over the world's third biggest international sports federation after Congress delegates ratified three new provisional members, bringing the total number of member federations to 195.

The new members are Guinea Bissau, Tanzania and Kiribati, one of the world's smallest countries by surface area.

Wu's first act as president was to reappoint Ho Kim as executive director for the next four years.

Kim, a strong ally of Wu, said he was honoured to serve another four-year term while Wu joked that Kim was "married to AIBA".

Four confederation presidents were also re-elected as vice-presidents.

Dr Abdullah Bessalem for the African Boxing Confederation; Domingo Solano for the American Boxing Confederation; Dr Humbert Furgoni for the European Boxing Confederation and Keith Walker for the Oceania Boxing Confederation all retained their high-ranking positions with AIBA.

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