AFTER controversial figure Gafur Rakhimov revealed he would step aside as president of beleaguered amateur boxing governing body AIBA, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustasane will become the organisation’s interim president.
AIBA’s Executive Committee has elected by a vote of 23-0 with two abstentions.
It is a fevered time for the sport. The International Olympic Committee (the IOC) is considering expelling boxing from Tokyo 2020 for its governance problems amongst other issues. Rakhimov’s position as president was at the heart of that, given that the Uzbek, although he vehemently maintains his innocence, is sanctioned by the United States Treasury department. It remains to be seen whether his being replaced at the top of the organisation, certainly for the time being at least, will be enough to smooth boxing’s path to remaining as an Olympic sport.