The International Olympic committee (IOC) have stopped planning for boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, pending an investigation into the amateur sport’s governing body, the International Boxing Association (IABA).
The chances of Ireland’s most successful Olympic Sport being removed from the Olympic Games remains very high, following a warning from the IOC against appointing new AIBA President Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov.
“The Executive Board of the IOC today decided to initiate an inquiry into AIBA,” a statement from the executive board read. “This is the initiation of a procedure which can lead to the withdrawal of recognition for AIBA.”
In the meantime, the IOC has continued to freeze all contacts with AIBA and suspend all financial payments to the federation. The IOC first took these steps following its Executive Board meeting in December 2017.
IOC Sporting Director Kit McConnell told reporters that the Executive Board is not “predetermining any outcome of the inquiry committee” with regards to the future of Olympic boxing. The goal remains for the IOC’s goal remains to do “everything we can to find a solution to have a boxing tournament” in Tokyo.
Any final decision on whether to strip recognition of AIBA and hold an Olympic boxing tournament must be taken by the IOC Session according to the Olympic Charter.
“This timeline is so important and is built for the Executive Board to review the inquiry commission, and then, if necessary, take any recommendations to the Session,” McConnell said.
The next scheduled IOC Executive Board meeting is in March of 2019, and the next IOC Session is scheduled for June 2019 in Lausanne. Should a decision be taken there, it would be done just over a year from Tokyo 2020.
Boxing is scheduled to run July 24 to August 9 at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.