BOXING has been facing the very real risk of being excluded from the Olympic Games. It will stay in the programme for Tokyo 2020, but the International Olympic Committee is set to suspend recognition of the sport’s beleaguered governing body AIBA.
AIBA has faced a host of issues, around its governance, officiating, notoriously so at Rio 2016, financial stability and more. The International Olympic Committee launched an inquiry into AIBA. That began in November last year and finally reported back to the IOC’s Executive Board on Wednesday (May 22). In light of those findings, the IOC Executive Board has recommended AIBA itself be suspended from administering the Olympic sport. The decision will need to be confirmed in the IOC session that will take place June 24-26
An AIBA delegation had emerged from a meeting with the IOC’s inquiry on Monday hopeful, maintaining that for AIBA there had been “significant progress in regards to finance, governance and refereeing and judging. AIBA provided the committee with insights into its complete transformation of the organisation.”