IGNORANCE has not been bliss. But there is, at last, a plan for boxing at the next Olympic Games, and a clearer pathway has even been set out for reaching Tokyo 2020.
With AIBA plunging into chaos after Rio 2016, eventually earlier this year the International Olympic Committee announced that the sport’s governing body would be suspended from administering the boxing at the next Olympic Games and the qualification events for Tokyo 2020. They appointed a special task force to take these over from AIBA, headed up by Japan’s Morinari Watanabe, an outsider to boxing who is the president of the International Gymnastics Federation. Joining him on the task force now will be William Frederick, Willi Kaltschmitt Lujan, Aya Mahmoud Medancy and Marius Vizer, the president of the International Judo Federation. They have also said that a boxing technical group will assist them on an administrative level but pointed out that neither former members of AIBA’s leadership or “professional boxing leagues” will be represented in the task force. So the appeals emanating from the likes of the WBA seemingly have fallen on deaf ears.
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