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S. Korean boxing governing body regains int'l membership
SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's governing body of amateur boxing has been reinstated as a member federation of the sport's top international organization, officials here said Monday.

   The International Boxing Association (AIBA) last week lifted its provisional suspension of membership on the Korean Amateur Boxing Federation (KABF), KABF officials said. The decision was reached during the AIBA's extraordinary executive meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.

   South Korean amateur boxers are now eligible to compete in AIBA-sanctioned international competitions, including world championships and the Olympic Games.

   In July last year, the AIBA decided to temporarily strip the KABF of its membership after the South Korean body failed to hold a proper board meeting and elect a new president to replace the outgoing Ahn Sang-soo. The AIBA's decision took effect immediately after the London Olympics in August.

   After Ahn resigned in April 2012, the KABF opted to promote its vice president, Kim Young-ki, to the presidency rather than holding an election as the AIBA had requested.

   The KABF finally got its act together last month, electing Saenuri Party lawmaker Chang Yoon-seok as its new chief. The KABF also launched a special committee that is tasked with bringing changes to the federation. Officials said Jang Joo-ho, head of the newly launched committee, traveled to Kazakhstan to brief AIBA officials on the KABF's efforts to overhaul its administration.

   The AIBA also named Jeju Island, a scenic tourist destination in southern South Korea, as the host of the regular executive committee meeting set to open on July 15, KABF officials said.

   jeeho@yna.co.kr
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