Interim leader is sole candidate for Aiba role
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.