Sam Soliman Plans To Speak Before The IBF on His Test
By Adrian Warren
Sam Soliman's camp will seize an opportunity to travel to Germany to address the International Boxing Federation (IBF) before they make their decision about the Australian's drugs test.
Team Soliman earlier this week lodged an appeal with the BDB (Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer), after it suspended him for nine months following its announcement he had tested positive to an illegal stimulant.
The BDB also changed the Australian's points win over German Felix Sturm in February to a no contest after announcing the result of the post-fight drugs test.
The B sample of IBF's No.1-rated middleweight Soliman came up negative after being tested in an American laboratory.
The Soliman camp subsequently sent the details to the IBF as they sought to protect their fighter's mandatory challenge to Australia's IBF champion Daniel Geale.
Soliman's situation was discussed early on Friday (AEST) by some of the IBF's board, but not all members participated in the conference call.
IBF president Daryl Peoples said the matter would be raised at the organisation's annual conference in Berlin later this month when all the IBF board members would be present.
"We'd also like to give Soliman's team a chance to be heard on this," Peoples told AAP.
"We're going to see if we can set up a phone conference or something, that they then have the opportunity to be able to address the board."
Peoples said it would be ideal if the Soliman camp would be represented at the IBF conference that runs from May 21-25.
"If they can't attend the convention at relatively short notice for everybody to travel, then we'll certainly try to afford them the opportunity, either by phone call, or at our office in New Jersey," Peoples said.
While Soliman might not travel to Germany, he will be represented at the IBF conference.
"We will be there," Soliman's manager David Stanley told AAP.
"Team Soliman really welcomes the leadership role that the president of the IBF is taking in this matter."
Peoples said earlier in the week the IBF couldn't change the decisions made by the BDB.
He said the result of the appeal would dictate to a large degree what his organisation decided about Soliman's situation.
The Soliman camp have so little faith in the BDB appeal process, they have already instructed their German lawyer to take the matter to the civil court on the back of the appeal.