IBA President Umar Kremlev met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday (September 10) ©Getty Images

The International Boxing Association (IBA) President Umar Kremlev has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening of the International Boxing Centre in Moscow, two weeks before he seeks election again at the IBA Extraordinary Congress.

Kremlev, met with Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin to open the facility in Luzhniki.

"I took part in the Opening Ceremony of the International Boxing Centre in Luzhniki, Moscow," said Kremlev to insidethegames.

"I'm glad that such sport facilities with modern infrastructure are opening in the world. 

"The more such centres are opened, the more opportunities the new generation of boxers will have to train and prepare for competitions. 

"Such events give an impetus to the development of our sport. 

"I will be glad to attend such Opening Ceremonies in every country."

This facility holds two rings and 2,000 people and is also equipped with a training hall with a mirrored ceiling, a medical rehabilitation centre, a swimming pool, sauna, gym, a sports hall and conference hall.

The meeting of Kremlev and Putin comes at a crucial time for the IBA - with an election scheduled to take place between the incumbent leader and Dutch Boxing Federation President Boris van der Vorst on September 25 in Yerevan at the Extraordinary Congress.

They were both candidates for the position in May at the first Extraordinary Congress, but Kremlev stood unopposed in the end after the Dutchman was ruled ineligible on the eve of the vote, only for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to later state Van der Vorst should have been allowed to stand for leadership.

As a result, the IBA said an election would be held.

Kremlev's recent meeting with Putin continues to show differences between the IBA head and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who has publicly condemned the actions of the Russian President in the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia say it is holding "special military operations" in the country.

Athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus have been indefinitely suspended from competing in international events associated with the majority of International Federations, in line with recommendations from IOC President Thomas Bach.

The IOC has been critical of the IBA at recent Executive Board meetings too, with the boxing governing body being stripped of organising its event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, meaning it goes back into the hands of the IOC, similar to the situation at Tokyo 2020.

The IBA still has its recognition removed from the IOC, a move made in June 2019 due to concerns over judging and refereeing, financial stability and governance.