Olympic fears follow AIBA’s Rakhimov vote Kilkerrin-Clonberne dethrone Carnacon
IRELAND’S most successful Olympic sport, boxing, could be axed from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, after an Uzbek businessman who denies accusations from the US Treasury that he is one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals with links to the global heroin trade, was elected president of AIBA, the amateur boxing federation, putting the sport on a collision course with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, had repeatedly warned that Rakhimov’s election as President could put boxing’s place in Toyko in jeopardy. He had said boxing’s Olympic future ‘greatly depended’ on the outcome of the election.
But despite these stark warnings, delegates backed Rakhimov.
He received 86 out of the 134 votes cast, comfortably defeating the only other candidate, former Olympic boxing medallist Serik Konakbayev from Kazakhstan.
The Committee could now suspend the AIBA and attempt to set up a rival body, which would run the boxing tournament at the Tokyo Games as well as the qualification events. CARNACON’S reign as Connacht and All-Ireland Ladies Club Football champions was ended, 1-8 to 3-4, by Kilkerrin-Clonberne yesterday’s provincial decider.
The Galway outfit gained revenge a year after losing out in a Connacht Final replay to the Mayo side.
It was Kilkerrin-Clonberne’s first Connacht success since 2015 – and sends Kevin Reidy’s side into an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Cork and Munster standard-bearers Mourneabbey.
With the sides level at the break, Kilkerrin/Clonberne faced an uphill task playing into strong wind but second-half goals from Annette Clarke, Galway’s 2004 All-Ireland winning skipper, and current county star Louise Ward, set them on the path to victory.