Boxing may cease to be a part Olympics, IOC raises grave concerns

Ruben Hill
October 6, 2018

New Zealand's David Nyika has won two Commonwealth Games golds but may not get to fight at an Olympics.

It also added the body's recognition as a worldwide federation would be "under threat" if it has not made progress by the time the IOC reviews the situation after the congress, which will take place on 2-3 November in Moscow.

An internal power struggle earlier this year saw Taiwan's Wu ousted and controversial Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov - who has always vigorously denied U.S. government allegations of links to organised crime - installed as interim president.

Interim leader Gafur Rakhimov has been named as the sole candidate for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) presidency, setting the troubled body on a potential collision course with Olympics organisers.

It wasn't immediately clear why a rival candidate, former Olympic medalist Serik Konakbayev, didn't make the list.

Following the announcement, the International Olympic Committee executive board discussed the matter in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and issued a statement, expressing its "ongoing extreme concern with the grave situation" within AIBA.

AIBA has always been a source of worry for the worldwide community; earlier this year, Thomas Bach, President of the global Olympic Committee said he is "extremely worried" about the body's finance procedures and governance while the US Treasury Department described CK Wu's successor, Gafur Rakhimov as "one of Uzbekistan's leading criminals". Earlier this year, IOC President Thomas Bach warned that boxing could be omitted from the 2020 Tokyo Games and the IOC has frozen payments to AIBA. The sport has been on the programme at every Olympics since 1920 despite regular controversies over judging and allegations of fixed bouts.

It comes after the AIBA on Wednesday banned its former president for life, citing "gross negligence and financial mismanagement".

The IOC has previously asked the AIBA to address financial and governance problems as well as anti-doping issues.

The AIBA executive committee recently voted to suspend one of Rakhimov's most influential opponents within the association, Franco Falcinelli, the head of the European Boxing Confederation.

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