AIBA chief Gafur Rakhimov says he 'understands IOC's concerns' over boxing's troubled world organising body

'AIBA members and boxers from around the world should be proud of this,' Rakhimov said, declaring that AIBA 'is healthy now and in better shape than ever before'.

Agence France-Presse February 13, 2019 23:34:39 IST
AIBA chief Gafur Rakhimov says he 'understands IOC's concerns' over boxing's troubled world organising body
  • Boxing's Tokyo Olympics fate depends on the outcome of an investigation into the AIBA by the International Olympic Committee.

  • The IOC has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte, who will then report back to the IOC.

  • Gafur Rakhimov laid the blame for

Boxing chief Gafur Rakhimov says he "understands" IOC concerns over the troubled AIBA which has led to a freeze on the sport's preparations for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

The Uzbek businessman laid the blame for "an extremely serious" situation squarely at the door of previous president Wu Ching-Kuo.

AIBA chief Gafur Rakhimov says he understands IOCs concerns over boxings troubled world organising body

President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Gafur Rakhimov. AP Photo

"The former leadership of AIBA left our organisation in a complete mess, not only financially but also in terms of governance, anti-doping and refereeing," he claimed.

Boxing's Tokyo fate depends on the outcome of an investigation into the AIBA by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte, who will then report back to the IOC.

Rakhimov boasted that under his leadership the AIBA has "improved dramatically on all fronts".

"AIBA members and boxers from around the world should be proud of this," he added, declaring that the organisation "is healthy now and in better shape than ever before".

He urged the IOC to end the uncertainty over boxing's presence in Tokyo.

"Our boxers are waiting, they need to know when, where or how to qualify for the Olympic Games next year. They must be the priority of everybody!"

Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.

Rakhimov's election in November also caused friction as the US Treasury Department has linked him to "transnational criminal organisations", a charge he vehemently denies, calling his presence on the list "a mistake".

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