By Gabriel F. Cordero
Next week will begin a new election period in the World Boxing Council and longtime president Jose Sulaiman is hinting that he could leave the post he has held since December 5, 1975. “I’m 81 years old and I feel tired,” said Sulaiman. “I would like to experience what I have left in this life with my family and enjoy my passions, traveling and photography…I want to reflect and make the best decision for my family, for boxing, for boxers, for WBC employees and boxing in general. I still have the option to be re-elected.”
Sources indicate that Mauricio Sulaiman, executive secretary of the organization, is ready to take over from his father but other candidates to enter the race for the WBC presidency could include an Italian, an American and an African. It’s also rumored that Sulaiman could leave office, but be elected “president for life” and the WBC offices would remain in Mexico. Sulaiman has been recognized by the annual Guinness World Records book as the longest serving president of a global sports organization.