IOC Has Numerous Issues with AIBA

At a time where boxing isn’t guaranteed for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is not giving a good image, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Gafur Rakhimov was recently elected president of AIBA. Rakhimov is on the U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list, accused of international heroin trafficking. Rakhimov has denied any wrongdoing.

But it’s more than just AIBA’s new leader that the IOC is concerned about.

“First of all, the issue with AIBA is not only about the election of the one person to president,” International Olympic president Thomas Bach said. “We have expressed serious concerns for over a year with regard to the overall governance of the AIBA, with regard to their anti-doping program, with regard to their finances.”

Bach added that he has asked AIBA to provide a report containing “what they think that they have done to address these issues” and AIBA supposedly has not come forward with that report.

The IOC has expressed the possibility of hosting a boxing tournament without AIBA, which would be a financial blow to the amateur boxing body.

The IOC will continue its case with AIBA at a meeting next month in Tokyo.

“We don’t want athletes to be punished for misbehavior of officials or organizations,” Bach said. “Whatever decision will be made we will make our best effort to give the boxers an opportunity to continue their Olympic dream.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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