AIBA Leader Positive IOC Lets Them in Olympics

A member of the controversial organization body AIBA is confident that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will let them organize the boxing competitions at the 2020 Olympic Games.

On May 22, the IOC will announce if it will allow AIBA to have control over the sport at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Many allegations of fight fixing during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as well as troubles with AIBA’s anti-doping measures and leadership, have forced a hold on preparations for the sport in the next Olympics.

The IOC assures that even if AIBA is held out of the 2020 Games, it will step in and set up the competitions itself. But Mohamed Moustahsane, a longtime boxing chief and physician for the AIBA, says he has hope the IOC will rule in favor of AIBA.

Moustahsane is the current interim leader of AIBA, following the removal of controversial Gafur Rakhimov from the role last month. AIBA recently admitted to a debt of $16 million, or 14.2 million euros, but Moustahsane says the organization is in good financial health and is working as closely with the IOC as possible to be admitted into the next Olympic Games.

“We answered all their questions, we are confident,” Moustahsane said. “We remain available to reply to any questions to be sure that there are no suspicions or black marks hanging over our federation.

“We are doing everything to ensure we are there [in Tokyo], and above all to develop our sport.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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