Mumbai: Maharashtra boxing official Jay Kowli has been nominated by world boxing body AIBA to attend the 7th IOC International Athletes’ and Youth Forum in Lausanne in October. “We are pleased to confirm that you have been nominated by AIBA to participate in the 7th IOC International Athletes’ & Youth Forum. We are delighted to invite you to attend the Forum in Lausanne from October 8 to 11, 2015,” he has been informed by the Coordination Officer, Commissions and Projects, Sports Department of the International Olympic Committee.
“The Forum presents a great opportunity for you to discuss important athlete & youth-related topics with your peers and IOC Athletes’ Commission members,” the communication added. Kowli is the only person in AIBA to have been given this responsibility for three successive terms: 2006-2010, 2010-2014 and 2014-2018, a media release from Maharashtra Boxing Association stated.
Kowli, an Olympic referee/judge, was initially entrusted with the responsibility of only the Youth Commission. “After seeing his running of Youth Commission during 2006-2010 tenure single-handedly, AIBA merged its Athletes Commission with Youth Commission and entrusted the additional task of addressing world’s young boxers’ issues – from across 190 countries around the world – to his team,” the release said.
He now runs AIBA’s A&Y Commission with Kazak Olympian Serik Konakbatev (Vice President of Kazakhstan) as its head and 16 others making it a total of 18 countries taking part, it added.