Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

AIBA Responds To Critics of Pro Boxers in The Olympics

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The International Amateur Boxing Association and the International Olympic Committee have both responded to widespread criticism of the plan of AIBA president Dr. Ching-Kuo  Wu and executive  director Ho Kim to allow professional boxers to compete in the Olympic  Games beginning 2016.

Regrettably due to  an oversight we failed to see the response of AIBA’s PR and Communications Director Sebastien Gillot to our query regarding the AIBA’s response to the European Boxing Union’s stand against the plan to allow professional fighters to compete in the Olympic Games.

The AIBA stated “please take note that the only European Boxing Confederation recognized by AIBA is the EUBC, not the European Boxing Union. Generaly speaking on the participation of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) boxers in the Rio 2016 Olymoiuc Games, following on the allegations of the World Boxing Council and its President Mr.Jose Sulaiman, the International Olympic Committee has made clear that AIBA is the only governing body of the sport of boxing that it recognizes worldwide.”

The  AIBA PR and Communications Director added that “the qualification process for AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) BOXERS FOR THE Rio Olympic Games will be discussed and agreed between the IOC and AIBA early in 2014.”

The AIBA position was ratified by the IOC in response to a query we sent to President Jacques Rogge in the face of growing criticism from several international boxing organizations, the latest being the World Boxing Association in which secretary general Gilberto Mendoza said he “fully agrees with the WBC on AIBA interference with professional boxing” and added that the WBA will support any action to protect the sport.”

In a statement sent to The Standard, the IOC Media Relations Team said  “As far as the IOC is concerned, AIBA is fully independent as outlined in the Olympic Charter. But they will have to present their new eligibility conditions prior to Rio 2016, just as they did prior to London 2012 with regard to the participation of WSB boxers.”

Despite WBC president Sulaiman’s insistence that the IOC did not respond to his letter to president Rogge, the IOC claimed they “responded to the WBC on 12 April and we have no further comment on the matter.”

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Athorn4940 on 06-20-2013

[QUOTE]I'd like to see an age limit if they are going to allow pros like they do with olympic soccer, make it u23. There should be an age limit anyway, it's not fair seeing a 30 year old in his…

Comment by Furn on 06-20-2013

I'd like to see an age limit if they are going to allow pros like they do with olympic soccer, make it u23. There should be an age limit anyway, it's not fair seeing a 30 year old in his…

Comment by davidw9785 on 06-20-2013

[QUOTE=fabdu974;13486142]Come on, the olympics are the ONLY thing amateur has![/QUOTE] Yeah, I like watching the amateurs fight at the Olympics... you know, they have a good attitude, respectful, very different style, but it's nice. Maybe they're not trying to kill…

Comment by MDPopescu on 06-20-2013

AIBA is, by far, the most corrupt body in boxing to date.

Comment by fabdu974 on 06-20-2013

Come on, the olympics are the ONLY thing amateur has!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Golovkin's Promoter Breaks Down Latest on Canelo Rematch Video: Anthony Joshua Very Eager To Get Parker in The Ring Photos: Estrada, Cuadras vs. Arroyo, Viloria - Superfly 2 Presser Video: Joseph Parker Discusses Anthony Joshua Showdown Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker To Land at O2 Arena Hearn: Jacobs-O'Sullivan Less Likely; Jacobs-Andy Lee Possible Joshua on Parker's Steroid Jabs: I'm Clean, I'd Never Do That Skoglund Update, Castano-Vitu News, Badou Jack, Wallin, More Joseph Parker: Joshua Has Rematch Clause, But I Don't Need One Hearn Offers Alexander Povetkin Slot On Joshua vs. Parker Card Mundine: Horn is a White Boy, Gets Coverage Because He's White! Video: Anthony Joshua Reacts To Steroid Comments From Parker Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen II Added To Brook-Rabchenko Card News: Kovalev-Mikhalkin, Spence-Peterson, WBSS, More Valdez, Quigg Promise To Stage Action-Packed War at StubHub Photos: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker - Tense Face To Face Parker: Tyson Fury Might Walk Me to the Ring for Joshua Fight Promoter: Other Than Klitschko, Joshua, Parker Resumes Similar Peterson's Trainer: Fight Against Errol Spence Will Turn Into a War Bivol: Hard to Tell From Two Rounds If Kovalev All the Way Back BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week Mundine: If Horn Says No - Then I Want Saunders, Canelo, GGG Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - Calm Before The Storm Fury: Me and Joshua is Four Round Fight - Either I Go or He Goes! Parker Regrets Making Steroid Comments About Anthony Joshua Big Fights, Big Finales, Better Judging Top Wish List For 2018 Jamel Herring Signs With Top Rank, Will Fight on Crawford-Horn Luis Ortiz Vows Pain: I'll Tear The Skin Off Deontay Wilder's Body! Estrada: People Think Sor Rungvisai Will KO Me - It Won't Happen! Creed 2 Update: Actor Cast To Play Ivan Drago's Son in Film Mayorga Emotional: Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Say Goodbye Rapper Common is Producing a New Boxing Documentary Tyson Fury: If I'm Honest - I Fancy Parker To Beat Joshua Wilder: No Doubt I'll KO Ortiz, Joshua-Parker Will Be a Long Fight Katie Taylor Dublin Return Off, Being Pushed To Daniel Jacobs Bill Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff Euro News: Murat-Demchenko, Havnaa-Tahiri, Formella-Frank Briggs: I'll KO Tyson Fury, Breaks All His Fingers To End His Tweets Wilder: I'll Make an Example of Luis Ortiz, He's My Guinea Pig! Frank Warren Confirms Tete is Out, 2/10 Show Moves Forward
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement