AIBA Wait For Word From IOC Regarding 2020 Olympic Games

The AIBA said on Wednesday that it had been left in the dark by the IOC following the launch of a probe into amateur boxing's troubled governing body that has put qualifying for the sport's 2020 Olympic event on hold.

Late last month the International Olympic Committee froze preparations for boxing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo and launched a probe regarding the "governance, ethics and financial management" of the AIBA, which last month elected as president a controversial Uzbek businessman the US Treasury Department claims is linked to organised crime.

Upon announcing the investigation the IOC suspended qualifying for the 2020 boxing tournament -- making it the only sport not to have its qualifiers approved -- and warned that it could be stripped of the right to run the competition.


The AIBA told AFP that since then they have received "no communication" from the IOC regarding the investigation and when qualifiers could begin, affecting the organisation's ability to hold events for athletes.

"We certainly are anxious to receive direction as we owe it to our athletes to provide them with a roadmap for the Olympic qualification process," AIBA executive director Tom Virgets told AFP.

"We are already behind schedule, and every day that these operational details are delayed impact the ability for us to provide our athletes with the quality events that they deserve!"

Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.

The election of AIBA leader Gafur Rakhimov, who rejects the charges from the US Treasury Department, created further friction.

When asked by AFP, an IOC spokesperson said that it had sent the AIBA "a letter describing the investigation and other measures taken immediately after the meeting of the Tokyo Executive Board (of the 2020 Olympics organising committee)".

The spokesman added the letter contained details including the composition of the inquiry commission chaired by Nenad Lalovic, IOC member and President of the International Wrestling Federation.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 12-13-2018

They need to quit the boxing in the Olympics to fix this mess of corruption. I don't want too, but is the best, If we want the best amateur fights without fix via corruption.:popcorn:

Comment by stephenmc on 12-12-2018

Its not about having this sport or that sport, it's the corruption involved in the sport. As much as I would love nothing more than to see boxing in the Olympics, this may be good in the long run to…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 12-12-2018

[QUOTE=marvin douglas;19350005]Yeah, they add skate boarding and take out boxing. Great opening for a promoter for the World Boxing Amateur Championships 2020 to showcase the best young boxers.[/QUOTE] It’s pathetic, won’t be long till the IOC commission E sports or…

Comment by marvin douglas on 12-12-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;19349571]If the IOC drop boxing that’s DISGRACEFUL! Get rid of shooting, BMX or any other pointless sports[/QUOTE] Yeah, they add skate boarding and take out boxing. Great opening for a promoter for the World Boxing Amateur Championships 2020 to showcase…

Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 12-12-2018

If the IOC drop boxing that’s DISGRACEFUL! Get rid of shooting, BMX or any other pointless sports

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