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Future of Olympic boxing body on agenda at IOC meeting on Wednesday

The future of IBA and boxing will be on the agenda as the International Olympic Committee will hold it's executive body meeting.

Future of Olympic boxing body on agenda at IOC meeting on Wednesday
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Updated: 7 Jun 2023 4:14 AM GMT

the The Olympic future of boxing's long-exiled governing body could be decided Wednesday at an IOC meeting called at short notice. The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday its executive board will meet for a special session two weeks before a scheduled three-day meeting that has been expected to debate the issue.

The IOC stripped the International Boxing Association of recognition in 2019 over long-standing financial, sports integrity, and governance issues.

It could decide to reinstate the governing body or banish it completely.

Boxing at the 2024 Paris Olympics is set to be overseen by the IOC for the second straight games. The IBA had no involvement in bouts at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021.

Boxing's place at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics has not been confirmed amid the IOC-IBA dispute. The IOC has stressed it has “no problem” with boxing and boxers, just with the IBA which is now led by elected president Umar Kremlev of Russia.

“My mission is not to attract the International Olympic Committee or to make them like me,” Kremlev said last month at a news conference on the sidelines of the men's world championships, which were boycotted by the United States, Britain, and many other leading nations.

Kremlev announced then that Gazprom was no longer an IBA sponsor. Financial dependence on the Russian state energy firm was a long-standing concern for the IOC even before the Russian war on Ukraine.

The IBA also has let boxers from Russia and Belarus compete with their flag and anthem, contrary to IOC guidance that athletes should compete only as neutrals under certain conditions.

With IBA's future in the Olympic family looking shakier, a rival organization called World Boxing has attracted initial support from officials in the United States, Switzerland, and Britain.

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