IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board ini­ti­ates an in­quiry into AIBA

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The Ex­ec­u­tive Board (EB) of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ( IOC) de­cided to ini­ti­ate an in­quiry into the I n t e r n at i o n a l B o x i n g As­so­ci­a­tion ( AIBA). This is the ini­ti­a­tion of a pro­ce­dure which can lead to the with­drawal of recog­ni­tion for AIBA.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter AIBA had sub­mit­ted a Progress Re­port to the IOC, as re­quired by the EB de­ci­sion of 19 July 2018, de­tail­ing its cur­rent sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing gov­er­nance, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and sport­ing in­tegrity. To­day, the EB ac­knowl­edged AIBA’s progress and its com­mit­ments high­lighted in its Progress Re­port, but sev­eral points of sig­nif­i­cant con­cern re­main, in par­tic­u­lar in the ar­eas of gov­er­nance, ethics and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. This re­quires fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the op­por­tu­nity for AIBA to re­spond to any find­ings.

Ar­eas of con­cern in­clude but are not lim­ited to the fol­low­ing:

Fi­nance

In a com­pre­hen­sive re­port in 2018, au­di­tors EY stated: “Un­cer­tainty still per­sists about the abil­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tions to con­tinue as a go­ing con­cern.”

The 2018 EY au­dit re­port also stated: “We have not been able to ob­tain suf­fi­cient ap­pro­pri­ate au­dit ev­i­dence to pro­vide a ba­sis of an au­dit opin­ion.”

Au­dit re­ports for the fi­nan­cial state­ments of 2017 and 2018 are omit­ted from AIBA’s web­site.

The IOC un­der­stands AIBA is un­able to main­tain or open a bank ac­count in Switzer­land, where its head­quar­ters are based.

Gov­er­nance and Ethics Ga­fur Rakhi­mov’s des­ig­na­tion as a key mem­ber and as­so­ciate of a transna­tional or­gan­ised crim­i­nal net­work by the US Trea­sury De­part­ment cre­ates un­cer­tainty about his role as Pres­i­dent of AIBA.

The IOC EB ac­knowl­edged progress in the fol­low­ing ar­eas:

Ref­er­ee­ing and Judg­ing The PwC re­port on ref­er­ee­ing and judg­ing at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 found that none of the key ob­ser­va­tions caused con­cern to the box­ing com­pe­ti­tions, and that the tour­na­ment’s in­tegrity and cred­i­bil­ity had not been af­fected. Anti-Dop­ing

The AIBA anti- dop­ing pro­gramme is fully WADA com­pli­ant.

Af­ter dis­cus­sion, the IOC EB de­cided to:

ini­ti­ate an in­quiry re­gard­ing AIBA and, to that ef­fect, del­e­gate its au­thor­ity – in­clud­ing to or­gan­ise a hear­ing of AIBA – to an ad- hoc In­quiry Com­mit­tee with the re­mit to: an­a­lyse the AIBA Progress Re­port and the mea­sures pre­sented in it to ad­dress the IOC’s ma­jor con­cerns re­gard­ing gov­er­nance, ethics, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and ref­er­ee­ing and judg­ing; in­ves­ti­gate and as­sess the ar­eas of ma­jor con­cerns within AIBA, in­clud­ing gov­er­nance, eth­i­cal, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and ref­er­ee­ing and judg­ing; form a rec­om­men­da­tion for the IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board on po­ten­tial mea­sures and sanc­tions in ac­cor­dance with the Olympic Char­ter; main­tain the pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions by the IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board to: “freeze all con­tacts with AIBA, ex­cept the ones on the work­ing level which are nec­es­sary to im­ple­ment the re­spec­tive IOC de­ci­sions”.

Be­sides sus­pend any fi­nan­cial pay­ments to AIBA, in­clud­ing di­rectly box­ing- re­lated pay­ments sched­uled by Olympic Sol­i­dar­ity, un­til: “the IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board has re­viewed and con­firmed be­ing sat­is­fied with fur­ther proof of AIBA’s abil­ity to con­tinue as a go­ing con­cern (along with the sup­port­ing doc­u­ments which form part of the fi­nan­cial state­ments au­dits: cash flow pro­jec­tions); AIBA has en­gaged in a full and in­de­pen­dent au­dit af­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new con­trol mech­a­nisms ( or­gan­i­sa­tional poli­cies and process) in or­der to demon­strate the re­sult of the im­ple­men­ta­tion”; adopt with im­me­di­ate ef­fect the fol­low­ing ad­di­tional mea­sures: freeze the plan­ning for the Olympic box­ing tour­na­ment at Tokyo 2020, in­clud­ing of­fi­cial con­tact be­tween AIBA and the Tokyo 2020 Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, ticket sales, ap­proval and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a qualification sys­tem, test event plan­ning and fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion sched­ule; pro­hibit the use by AIBA of the Olympic prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing the Olympic rings and Tokyo 2020 logo for any com­mu­ni­ca­tions/ ad­ver­tis­ing and/or pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als; lift the freez­ing of Olympic Sol­i­dar­ity fund­ing for ath­letes, on the con­di­tion that no fund­ing can be ap­plied for or paid through a na­tional box­ing fed­er­a­tion.

The IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board makes all ef­forts to pro­tect the ath­letes and en­sure that a box­ing tour­na­ment can take place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 re­gard­less of these mea­sures.

The EB ap­pointed IOC Mem­ber Mr Ne­nad Lalovic as Chair of the ad- hoc In­quiry Com­mit­tee. He will be joined by IOC Mem­ber Mr Richard L. Car­rión and IOC Mem­ber and ath­lete rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ms Emma Terho.

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