Boxing faces expulsion from Tokyo games 2020

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Published by : CT WEB 2018-02-07 07:58:28

Boxing faces expulsion from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games unless governance issues, including the choice of the world governing body's Interim President, are addressed, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned here today.

Among serious problems highlighted by IOC President Thomas Bach included the appointment of Gafur Rakhimov, an Uzbek allegedly linked to organised crime, as Interim President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

An investigation into AIBA governance has been opened by the IOC, run by its Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Paquerette Girard-Zappelli.

Bach also said they have not yet accepted AIBA's claim that no bouts at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were affected by match-fixing. -"We are extremely worried about the governance of AIBA," the German said here today. "We have received a report from our Chief Ethics Officer and from the IOC Sports Director [Kit McConnell], which funneled the decision which we already took last December to withhold future financial contributions to AIBA.

"The IOC Executive Board is not satisfied with the report prepared by AIBA on governance, finance, referee and doping issues.

"The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020."

AIBA must now deliver a further report by April 2018.

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