The Hungarian, who won bantamweight gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, was approved to assume the role by the AIBA Board of Directors yesterday.
Kovács will take up the position this week and is poised to play a pivotal role in the embattled organisation’s attempt to be reinstated as the Olympic governing body for boxing.
“I am very grateful for the confidence placed in me by the AIBA Board of Directors,” Kovács, who also won two world titles and a bronze medal at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics, said.
“It is a great honor and at the same time a great responsibility to become the secretary general of the International Boxing Association and to work together with President Umar Kremlev, a man who lives by boxing.
“Now AIBA is undergoing a period of global reforms.
“All of them are necessary for boxing to develop as a sport loved by millions of people around the globe so that our athletes and coaches show the best results in international competitions at all levels.
“I see that the new AIBA leadership is heading in the right direction and is committed to working with full dedication to support and reinforce this course of positive change.
“I pledge to act in the best interests of boxing and guarantee maximum openness and democracy in my work.
“I am sure that together we will be able to carry out all the necessary reforms and bring AIBA to a fundamentally new level.”
When advertising for the position, AIBA said that the secretary general will oversee the administrative work of the organisation while managing the head office in Lausanne and report directly to President Kremlev.