The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday “restated its deepest concerns” on boxing’s place in the 2024 Paris Olympics, citing “unresolved” points with the International Boxing Association’s governance structure, monetary scenario and the scoring system even because the AIBA promised to “exceed” the laid down standards.
In a letter addressed to AIBA President Umar Kremlev, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper stated the Olympic physique’s Executive Board has requested him and its Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer to “follow up” on the scenario.
The AIBA responded by saying that it is doing all the things that the IOC expects from it.
“AIBA has been working on comprehensive reform for some time now and is grateful for the IOC’s public acknowledgment that a step forward has certainly been taken in terms of good governance…,” the AIBA said in an e-mail to PTI, responding to the IOC letter.
In the four-page communication, IOC expressed dissatisfaction with the work accomplished by the AIBA to tackle concerns associated to its governance, funds and the refereeing and judging system that has been beneath intense scrutiny for the reason that 2016 Rio Olympics.
“On the basis of the above, the IOC Executive Board restated its deepest concerns and reiterated its previous position regarding the place of boxing in the programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and future editions of the Olympic Games,” the letter said.
The AIBA stated it would do greater than what has been mandated to regain the IOC’s confidence.
“Wide-ranging reforms are already underway in terms of financial integrity, good governance and sporting integrity, including all the areas mentioned by the IOC and more,” the AIBA stated.
“Independent experts are involved in each of these sectors. AIBA is confident these reforms will see AIBA meet and even exceed the criteria laid down by the IOC for reinstatement.”
The IOC stated whereas it acknowledges that AIBA has taken “a step forward in the direction of better governance” however a number of concerns stay unaddressed.
“…so far no new leadership team amongst the elected officials has been put in place to effectively embrace the change of culture in the governance of AIBA,” it stated.
“Therefore, the IOC would be pleased to receive information on the schedule for the renewal of the leadership, in particular the planned date for the AIBA Board of Directors’ elections, as well as the eligibility criteria and how they will be assessed.”
The AIBA was suspended in 2019 however Kremlev has stated that he expects re-affiliation with the IOC by the top of this year after asserting a slew of measures to tackle the concerns raised by the governing physique.
The IOC additionally raised questions with regards AIBA’s funds. The AIBA had declared itself debt-free just a few months in the past.
“…IOC independent expert, EY, will assess AIBA’s documentation supporting the effectiveness of the various announcements it published in the media related to the resolution of its indebtedness and its current and future financing plan,” it stated.
“…requested documents include confirmed details on the resolution of the indebtedness and the terms of any sponsorship contract,” it defined.
Touching on the topic of refereeing and judging, the IOC stated it has been knowledgeable of controversial selections throughout the senior Asian Championships and youth world championships held earlier this year.
The AIBA has stated it is investigating the matter.
“We therefore anticipate that all such complaints and AIBA’s full actions in response to such complaints will be documented in Professor McLaren’s report by 30 September 2021,” it added referring to the investigation that has been launched by AIBA.
The Olympic boxing competitors in the Tokyo Games was performed by the IOC’s Task Force and it requested AIBA to combine the “best practices” that the Boxing Task Force (BTF) had employed whereas deciding on the officers.
The IOC needs AIBA to have a stay scoring system in place for the world championships subsequent month in Serbia.