Wladimir Klitschko Worried About The Future of Olympic Boxing

Former WBA, IBO, IBF, WBO heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has outlined his concerns about the uncertain future of boxing at the Olympic Games.

Boxing has been part of every Games since 1920, but its place at Tokyo 2020 is in doubt as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned the International Boxing Association (AIBA) that it must improve internal governance.

Klitschko, who won super-heavyweight gold in 1996, has thrown his support behind the World Boxing Association (WBA) as he worries for young amateurs looking to the Olympics to fulfil their sporting dreams.


"For the first time ever in boxing, the worst had happened," he said. "We need a combined effort to protect life-changing dreams of athletes who want to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games.

"In an unprecedented shift that would rock athletics and the Olympics, boxing is in danger of being halted due to current dysfunction leading to losing the Olympic licence.

"I'm pleading with the national federations to continue signing with the pioneers of boxing, the world-renowned WBA.

"I'm also asking the IOC to consider the WBA as the organisation that will centralise the sport, while continuing to improve the protections and interests of its athletes and fans, and grant the Olympic licence to the WBA to represent the sport for the upcoming Games in Tokyo."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vitali1999 on 11-22-2018

[QUOTE=Bjl12;19289334]White here. Do not remotely follow mma and consider it a hack's sport. The only thing MMA has on boxing is safety. It's worse at literally everything else Boxing remains the classic men's sport[/QUOTE] You are one of the few,…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 11-21-2018

He shoulda been concerned about it when all these bs decisions were happening in 8 Olympics in a row & all these organized crime leaders are running high positions in AIBA. Amateur boxing is f#cked up with the corruption. Maybe…

Comment by Yodpayak on 11-21-2018

What is mma?

Comment by Bjl12 on 11-21-2018

[QUOTE=vitali1999;19289322]It's the new world. Mma will take boxing place in the Olympics and all whites are RACIST. Congratulations. You have won[/QUOTE] White here. Do not remotely follow mma and consider it a hack's sport. The only thing MMA has on…

Comment by vitali1999 on 11-21-2018

It's the new world. Mma will take boxing place in the Olympics and all whites are RACIST. Congratulations. You have won

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