IOC thought about the exclusion of boxing from the program of the Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) thought about the exclusion of boxing from the program of the 2020 Olympic Games. This was announced by the IOC President Thomas Bach, Reuters reports.
According to Bach, the committee is concerned about the situation in the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The duties of the president of AIBA are performed by Gafur Rakhimov, who took over this post after a series of permutations, which caused concern for the IOC. Bach said that the committee began an investigation into the leadership of the association.
"The IOC Executive Committee is concerned about the situation in the leadership of AIBA. We can confirm the opening of an investigation into the management of AIBA. The IOC Executive Board also freezes all contacts with AIBA, with the exception of the operational issues that are required to implement the decisions of the IOC," Bach said.
As Reuters clarifies, at the end of 2017 AIBA-led Ching-Kuo Wu resigned after accusing him of worsening the financial situation of the organization. He was replaced by the vice-president of the association Franco Falchinelli, who quickly abandoned this post.
Boxing has been part of the Olympics since 1904. Prior to the Games in Rio de Janeiro, only amateur athletes were allowed to participate in the competition, since 2016 professionals have joined the fight for Olympic medals.