News | Mar 22 2019

AIBA president Rakhimov to step aside

A major development in the saga afflicting AIBA, the governing body for the Olympic sport
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AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov intends to step aside. He has initiated proceedings to find an Interim president to take his place.

“I have informed the AIBA Executive Committee of my intent to step aside as AIBA President in accordance with the AIBA Statutes and Bylaws, which allow the President to renounce to exercise his powers and to be replaced by an Interim President. I have called an AIBA Executive Committee’s teleconference meeting over the weekend to address this matter and initiate the process of appointing an Interim President,” he said in a statement. “I am convinced that all the good initiatives that have been implemented this last year will serve as a foundation that will continue to strengthen our sport in the future.”

Rakhimov has been at the centre of events as boxing, buffeted by controversies, has battled to retain its place as an Olympic sport. The International Olympic Committee has threatened boxing, and AIBA the body the governs the amateur sport, with possible expulsion from Tokyo 2020, if it did not manage to resolve governance issues as well as improving its drug testing compliance and officiating in competition events.


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