IOC set to strip International Boxing Association of the right to run the sport at Tokyo 2020
- Olympic boxing is facing the biggest shake-up in its history on Wednesday
- Likely responsibilities for the Games will be taken in-house or put out to tender
- Comes after inquiry into AIBA’s governance, finances, refereeing and judging
Olympic boxing is facing the biggest shake-up in its history on Wednesday with the International Olympic Committee expected to strip AIBA of the right to run the boxing at Tokyo 2020.
AIBA, the amateur code’s troubled global governing body, has run Olympic boxing for 73 years.
But after a six-month inquiry into their governance, finances, refereeing and judging, sources in boxing have told Sportsmail it is highly likely that responsibilities for the Games will either be taken in-house or put out to tender.
Olympic boxing is set to be spared expulsion when the IOC rules on its future this week
England Boxing are among the federations to have spoken out against AIBA, who underwent a leadership change in March, when Gafur Rahimov suspended his presidency following prolonged scrutiny over his place on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list ‘for providing material support’ to a criminal organisation. He denies the accusations, but stepped aside for interim boss Mohamed Moustahsane.
IOC president Thomas Bach did little to diffuse the tensions ahead of last-ditch talks between an AIBA delegation and IOC officials on Monday.
Bach riled some at AIBA earlier this month by saying in reference to the saga that ‘organising a sports event is not rocket science so I guess we will be able to manage it’.
It is understood that AIBA will launch immediate legal action in the event that they do lose their IOC recognition.
IOC president Thomas Bach did little to diffuse the tensions ahead of last-ditch talks