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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