IOC halt plan­ning for 2020

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Ga­fur Rakhi­mov THE In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee have put plans for box­ing at the Tokyo Games in 2020 on hold.

The IOC have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA), amid con­cerns over gov­er­nance, ethics and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, and could cut ties with box­ing’s gov­ern­ing body.

The AIBA’S re­la­tion­ship with the IOC reached cri­sis point when Ga­fur Rakhi­mov was elected AIBA pres­i­dent last month.

The Uzbek busi­ness­man has been on a US Trea­sury De­part­ment sanc­tions list since 2012 for al­leged in­volve­ment with a global crime net­work and was named in­terim AIBA pres­i­dent in Jan­uary.

De­spite his re­peated de­nials of any links to or­gan­ised crime, the IOC sent strong hints to the AIBA that there would be grave con­se­quences if it left Rakhi­mov in charge, in­clud­ing with­hold­ing the fed­er­a­tion’s share of funds gen­er­ated by the Olympics and ban­ning the 67-yearold from at­tend­ing the Youth Olympic Games.

The board did lift a ban on fund­ing for in­di­vid­ual box­ers, but only if the money goes di­rectly to the ath­lete, not via a na­tional box­ing fed­er­a­tion, and they pro­hib­ited the AIBA from us­ing the Olympic brands, in­clud­ing rings, or any Tokyo 2020 logo.

But in a move that will re­as­sure box­ers, the IOC will “make all ef­forts to pro­tect the ath­letes and en­sure that a box­ing tour­na­ment can take place at Tokyo 2020 re­gard­less of these mea­sures”.


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