Amateur | Highlight 4 | Issue | Premium | May 29 2019

What next for Olympic boxing?

The IOC reaches a bombshell verdict on AIBA and Olympic boxing. But the sport is let wondering what will happen next
Olympic boxing
Morinari Watanabe will run the new task force to replace AIBA

THE very real risk of being excluded from the Olympic Games has been threatening boxing. The sport will stay in the programme for Tokyo 2020, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 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. After launching an inquiry into AIBA in November of last year, the IOC’s Executive Board finally received its report last 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.

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