Boxing Stays In Olympics Without AIBA Inclusion
On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee announced that amateur boxing’s governing body must be stripped of its right to organize the tournament for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
The IOC’s executive board is set to approve Boxing’s inclusion in next year’s Olympic games, but only if the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has no say in it.
This report comes after a long investigation of alleged mismanagement of the organization, featuring evidence which IOC President Thomas Bach claims present “extremely serious issues” within the organization.
The IOC probe was led by audit firm Deloitte, which focused on the organization’s finances, ethics on judging, referees, and anti-doping, as well as the organizational operations.
After the 2016 summer games in Rio, where 36 AIBA officials and referees were suspended due to claims of fight fixing, many were looking at issues within the governing body.
Just a year later, AIBA execs would force C.K. Wu out of the Presidency AIBA due to claims of multi-million accounting fraud.
Relations between AIBA and the IOC took a sharp downward turn following the 2016 Rio Games, when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.
While Wu would leave AIBA, he remained a member of the IOC, while Uzbek businessman, Gafur Rakhimov, became the governing body’s President.
Rakhimov, who is liked to “transnational criminal organizations,” by the United States Treasury, would resign from his post in March, and has fiercely defended himself from what he calls “politically motivated lies.”
The issues from the Treasury department would initiate the probe into AIBA as IOC President Bach claimed that it played a “major role” in the commission’s decision making process.
Bach vowed that “there will be an Olympic tournament in Tokyo,” as a special taskforce led by Morinari Watanabe of the Japanese Olympic committee will organize the qualifiers and the competition for next year’s games.
Report: Boxing Scene