Olympic fears fol­low AIBA’s Rakhi­mov vote Kilk­er­rin-Clon­berne de­throne Car­na­con

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING / RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

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.

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