Thursday 20 June 2019

Boxing set to stay on Olympic schedule for Tokyo 2020 - but IOC want to ban AIBA from involvment

Boxing is set to stay on the Olympic schedule.
Boxing is set to stay on the Olympic schedule.

Sean McGoldrick

The International Olympic Committee have decided to suspend the International Boxing Association (AIBA) from the 2020 Olympics - but insist that boxing will be part of the schedule at the Tokyo games.

However, the IOC do not want the AIBA to play any role in organising the tournament or the qualifying process. At a meeting in Lausanne, the executive of the IOC decided to set up a taskforce to oversee the delivery of a boxing competition at next year’s games. It remains to be seen how the AIBA will react to this news.

Earlier they had indicated that they would contest the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but they later withdrew that threat. However, the odds are that they will challenge the decision.

A group to be chaired by International Gymnastics Federation President Morinari Watanabe has been tasked with organising the qualification system. The Olympic boxing event at Tokyo will be 'organised followed guidelines established by the Executive Board,' said an IOC statement.

The decision, taken by the Executive Board following a six-month inquiry into AIBA, is subject to final approval at next month’s full session of the IOC committee.

The IOC executive board said the current situation of AIBA 'is such that it’s practices and activities continue to fall short of full conformity and compliance with the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics.'

Significantly, the IOC also announced that they would develop a new calendar for the Olympic qualifiers, which will take place between January and May of next year, which means that this year’s AIBA men’s and women’s world championships, which are both scheduled to take place in Russia, will not have any role in the process.

But this saga is far from finished, and it is unconceivable that AIBA will simply accept the decision – which could effectively bankrupt them – and move on. Meanwhile, the boxers are still left in a limbo situation.

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