IOC strips Olympic status from AIBA

DB Cooper

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May 17, 2013
This comes as little surprise :

IOC strips Olympic status from troubled boxing body AIBA

Troubled boxing body AIBA was stripped of Olympic status on Wednesday and the IOC will now organise qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

AIBA had created "very serious reputational, legal and financial risks" for the IOC and its stakeholders, not just the American ones, Olympic inquiry panel chairman Nenad Lalovic said.

The election of AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov, who is under United States federal sanctions for suspected links to eastern European organised crime, prodded the IOC last year to investigate boxing's governance, debts and integrity of Olympic bouts.
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May 22, 2013
The article talks about a suspension but then mentions future qualifying tournaments. It's a bit unclear. Is boxing cut from the olympics or just suspended for now?

Either way this is terrible news. The dramas with the AIBA have been going on for years now and nothing has seemed to change.

As for this part;
"I hope the IOC does realise there are many people in AIBA who are respectful, ethical and transparent who can provide their expertise," Bulgarian boxing official Emilia Grueva said in a statement.
IIRC Rakimov was voted in unanimously as the President wasn't he? So if there are many people who are ethical etc.. well it doesn't seem like there are any of them at the top levels.
Jun 6, 2012
There'll still be boxing at the 2020 Olympics. Just won't have anything to do with the AIBA.

Qualifying tournaments for Tokyo are intended to be held in four continents from January through March, likely in London, China, Senegal and Argentina. All are recent or future hosts of Olympic boxing competitions. A final global qualifier is expected to be held in Japan.
May 22, 2013
Rakhimov resigns from boxing body AIBA

Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman with alleged links to organized crime, resigned Monday as president of the International Boxing Association after his tenure played a role in the body being stripped of the right to organise Olympic boxing events.
The Uzbekistani became interim president of AIBA in January 2018 and was officially elected president 10 months later.
That was despite opposition from the International Olympic Committee, which pointed to United States sanctions against Rakhimov. The U.S. Treasury has accused him of involvement in drug production and heroin trafficking. Rakhimov denies any wrongdoing and is trying to have the sanctions lifted.
Rakhimov, 67, said his legal battles left no time for boxing.
"These processes now require me to be constantly present in legal and other proceedings in order to speed up the clearing of my name from these false accusations," he said in a statement.
Rakhimov stepped aside from the presidency in March but continued to formally hold office while a new interim president, Mohamed Moustahsane, took over the running of AIBA.
That wasn't enough for the IOC, which stripped AIBA's Olympic status last month, citing Rakhimov's involvement as well as AIBA's chaotic finances. The IOC will now organize Olympic boxing tournaments itself, plus the qualifying events, and AIBA is facing possible bankruptcy without a slice of Olympic revenues.
Last month, AIBA's board removed a bylaw which could have allowed Rakhimov to lift his self-suspension and take back control of the organization.
Even before Rakhimov formally resigned, AIBA was due to elect a new president in November.
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