Boxing will remain part of the Tokyo Olympics, but International Olympic Committee leadership does not want the sport’s organizing body for amateur competition involved.
The IOC’s Executive Board recommended Wednesday that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) be suspended and not recognized by the IOC. The full IOC membership is scheduled to vote on the recommendation at the committee’s annual meeting June 24-26, The Associated Press reported.
The Executive Board decided to keep boxing in the Olympics and pursue sanctions against AIBA based on recommendations by the IOC’s Inquiry Committee, which met Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Key points from the Inquiry Committee’s report regarding AIBA:
“Although some progress was noted in the Inquiry Committee Report, it concluded that the current situation of AIBA is such that its practices and activities continue to fall short of full conformity and compliance with the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics,” the IOC’s Executive Board wrote in its report. “However, concerned with the protection of boxing athletes and with the maintenance of Boxing as a sport at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 the IOC Session is willing to provide AIBA with an exceptional opportunity to restore its full compliance with (Olympic Charter Rule 25) and the IOC Code of Ethics.”
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IOC president Thomas Bach said, “(Wednesday’s) decision was taken in the interest of the athletes and the sport of boxing. We want to ensure that the athletes can live their dream and participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 while drawing the necessary consequences for AIBA following the recommendations of the Inquiry Committee. At the same time, we offer a pathway back to lifting the suspension, but there needs to be further fundamental change.”
AIBA has yet to comment on the Executive Board’s recommendation.
Sporting News reported in October 2018 that Olympic boxing was under threat.
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