Boxing’s place at 2020 Olympics under threat, says IOC

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Boxing’s place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could be in jeopardy, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has said.

The IOC executive board has expressed disapproval with the governance of amateur boxing’s world governing body AIBA.

There is dissatisfaction from the IOC with a report prepared by the AIBA concerning its governance, finance, refereeing and anti-doping issues.

Bach, speaking in Pyeongchang ahead of the Winter Olympics, read a statement featuring seven decisions, the last of which warned boxing could be omitted from the Olympics if AIBA’s governance did not improve.

“The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said Bach.

“We are extremely worried about the governance in AIBA.”

An investigation has been opened as a result, led by the IOC chief ethics and compliance officer.

 

All contracts with AIBA have been frozen, along with all financial payments to AIBA, which is expected to produce a further report by the end of April.

 

Bach also admitted the IOC had concerns over the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

 

“From the fact that refereeing is part of the decision we already took in December last year and we were requesting more information, you can conclude we’re still looking into this issue,” Bach added


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