AIBA work­ers ‘locked out’ a er pres­i­dent no-con­fi­dence vote

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

EM­PLOY­EES of the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA) were locked out of their of­fices on Wed­nes­day with pres­i­dent Wu Chingkuo set to be ousted from his role, ac­cord­ing to an AFP jour­nal­ist.

Se­cu­rity guards have been block­ing ac­cess to the AIBA of­fices in Lau­sanne.

A no­tice pinned to the door and signed by an in­terim ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee said that a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence had been called against Tai­wan’s Wu.

AIBA, which or­gan­ises ama­teur box­ing in­clud­ing Olympic com­pe­ti­tions, has been strug­gling with in­sta­bil­ity and fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

In a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day, AIBA had said that an ex­tra­or­di­nary congress would be held within the next three months.

“Dear AIBA em­ploy­ees. Please be in­formed that the AIBA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee have passed a mo­tion call­ing for a vote of no con­fi­dence in the cur­rent AIBA pres­i­dent, Wu Chingkuo,” the no­tice said.

“In ad­di­tion, mo­tions were passed en­abling the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­terim man­age­ment com­mi­tee (IMC) to man­age the work of AIBA and AIBA head­quar­ters and the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the ex­tra­or­di­nary congress.

“Con­se­quently in this moment of tran­si­tion it has been de­cided to close the of­fice for the re­main­der of this week. The staff are be­ing of­fered these three days as hol­i­days.”

Wu, who has been head of the fed­er­a­tion since 2006, is blamed for caus­ing fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties by his op­po­nents, who be­lieve AIBA is on the brink of bank­ruptcy.

Later Wed­nes­day, the AIBA blasted what they de­scribed as at­tempts by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee “un­der the un­recog­nised ‘In­terim Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee’, to at­tempt to il­le­gally seize con­trol of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s head­quar­ters”.

“Their ac­tions have not only prej­u­diced the op­er­a­tion of AIBA and the liveli­hoods of all of its em­ploy­ees, but threaten the forth­com­ing AIBA World Cham­pi­onships in Ham­burg,” said a state­ment re­leased to AFP.

“A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of this com­mit­tee has since been re­moved from the premises by Swiss po­lice, but AIBA’S head­quar­ters must now re­main closed pend­ing the de­ci­sion of the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.”

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) said it was mon­i­tor­ing the con­tro­versy at the AIBA with whom it has been at log­ger­heads over dop­ing pro­ce­dures, scor­ing sys­tems and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of as­sur­ances over these stick­ing points, “the IOC re­leased the AIBA pay­ment (from the 2016 Rio Olympics) which had been held back,” the IOC told AFP.

“Fol­low­ing the de­ci­sions of the re­cent AIBA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing on 24 July 2017, the IOC is seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion, to be able to de­ter­mine whether fur­ther ac­tion is re­quired within its re­mit.” – AFP

LA ‘stupid’ not to host 2028 Games – mayor

LOS An­ge­les mayor Eric Garcetti says the US city “would be stupid” not to agree to stage the 2028 Olympics, leav­ing Paris poised to se­cure the 2024 Games.

Garcetti’s com­ments all but con­firmed the French cap­i­tal as the suc­ces­sors to Tokyo in 2020, with LA wait­ing a fur­ther four years for their turn.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) agreed this month to award the 2024 and the 2028 Games at the same time at a vote in Lima in Septem­ber, ef­fec­tively en­sur­ing that the two can­di­dates each will host a Games.

Garcetti told Buz­zfeed on Wed­nes­day: “Even though the Olympics will be smart to pick us for 2024, be­cause LA has al­most re­booted the brand, 2024 is not prob­a­bly most likely to hap­pen”.

He said the IOC are mak­ing the later date “fi­nan­cially so at­trac­tive, we’d be stupid not to take 2028”.

LA is plan­ning to an­nounce their fi­nal in­ten­tions next week, Garcetti told the Us-based on­line news site. – AFP

Wu Ching-kuo. Photo: AFP

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