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Gafur Rakhimov's appointment as the interim President of the AIBA worries IOC

Gafur Rakhimovs appointment as the interim President of the AIBA worries IOC
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Sounak Mullick

Published: 29 Jan 2018 1:18 AM GMT
The surprising decision to appoint Gafur Rakhimov as the interim President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has left the IOC 'extremely worried.' The Uzbek official has been linked with many organised crimes in the past and the Olympic Governing body feels that the decision might the hamper the smooth functioning of the AIBA. After Italian Franco Falcinelli stepped down from his post at the AIBA Extraordinary Congress in Dubai, Gafur was elected as the interim President. He has been previously reported by various media as the 'Uzbek mafia boss' due to strong connections with many criminal activities and was also on Interpol's most wanted list before he was removed last September. Image result for gafur rakhimov
Source: AKIpress News Agency It is also learned as per reports that the IOC Chief Ethics is likely to send a report to the IOC at the upcoming Executive Board Meeting regarding the matter. Following which the Executive Board will take necessary steps. As per the reports of insidethegame, a spokesperson said, "The IOC is extremely worried about the governance in AIBA.The IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will give a report to the IOC Executive Board Meeting this upcoming week in Pyeongchang.' "The IOC EB will then decide on further measures following up on its decision of 6 December 2017. Last year, the IOC EB had identified several specific requirements to be met by AIBA, particularly in the areas of governance, financial matters, anti-doping, judging and refereeing,' he added. The US Treasury admits that Gafur has provided 'material support' to the Thieves-in-Law, a group born in the Soviet Union's prisons and which currently operates in an underworld network that has spread from Russia to various financial centres. Previously, in 2000, Gafur Rakhimov was denied a entry to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. In spite of that, he has been the President of the Asian Boxing Confederation for 15 years. The US Treasury stated, "Rakhimov has been described as having moved from extortion and car theft to becoming one of Uzbekistan's leading criminals and an important person involved in the heroin trade.' A meeting to elect a permanent President to replace C K Wu will be held in Moscow between November 1 and 4 later this year.
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