International Olympic Committee has threatened AIBA to remove boxing from the 2020 Tokyo Games due to its concerns over the functioning of the governing body and also a possible match-fixing at the 2016 Rio Games. Boxing has been contested in every Olympic games apart from 1912 Stockholm Games.
The International Olympic Committee threatened AIBA for the removal of boxing from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games due to the appointment of Gafur Rakhimov as an interim president to the AIBA and also because of an unsatisfactory report about AIBA’s governance, anti-doping issues and refereeing during the 2016 Rio Games.
“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,” AFP quoted a released statement.
AIBA responded later on Sunday with a statement that insisted it had fulfilled “the IOC’s request to submit a Progress Report”. AIBA had been alleged by IOC for fixing matches in the 2016 Rio Games as many senior figures within the AIBA had warned about the bouts being fixed by the officials which guarantee a medal for their
IOC president Thomas Bach said, “AIBA had been asked to provide more information about accusations of fixing at the Rio Olympics, where a group of officials was sent home following a number of controversial decisions.”
“We are still looking into this issue... we want them to (give) a satisfying explanation,” Bach said, adding: “We are extremely worried about the governance of AIBA.”
As there seems to be no end to this controversy, Boxing might, for only the second time in the history of the Olympic Games, will not be a part of the Games. Boxing was also not part of the Stockholm games of 1912 due to its ban in Sweden.