In­terim leader is sole can­di­date for Aiba role

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

IN­TERIM leader Ga­fur Rakhi­mov has been named as the sole can­di­date for the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Aiba) pres­i­dency, set­ting the trou­bled body on a po­ten­tial col­li­sion course with Olympics or­gan­is­ers. The Uzbek busi­ness­man was the only can­di­date listed by the am­a­teur box­ing body’s elec­tion com­mis­sion as el­i­gi­ble for the post. The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee said it was “ex­tremely wor­ried” when Rakhi­mov was nom­i­nated as in­terim pres­i­dent in Fe­bru­ary, and has threat­ened to axe box­ing from the Games due to con­cerns over its gov­er­nance. Rakhi­mov’s crit­ics claim he has links to or­gan­ised crime. The Aiba, which suf­fered a ma­jor judg­ing scan­dal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was ex­pected to be dis­cussed by the IOC’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee when it be­gan a two­day meet­ing in Buenos Aires on Wed­nes­day.

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