International Olympic Committee recommends suspending boxing federation from Tokyo 2020

International Olympic Committee recommends suspending boxing federation from Tokyo 2020

"Today's decision was taken in the interest of the athletes and the sport of boxing".

The IOC says 10 people proposed for membership passed integrity checks.

The guidance from the IOC's executive board - nearly certain to be rubber-stamped by the full IOC membership next month - followed a months-long investigation into alleged serious mismanagement at the crisis-riddled International Boxing Association (AIBA).

Then in 2017, AIBA executives forced out the body's president C.K. Wu, amid claims of multi-million dollar accounting fraud.

If the AIBA had hoped that would be enough to placate the IOC, they were rudely disabused of that notion in Lausanne, where Bach said there will be an Olympic boxing competition in Tokyo but the AIBA will have nothing to do with it.

The International Olympic Committee has nominated Greek official Spyros Capralos as a member, seven years after he was linked to black-market ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics.

Former AIBA president Gafur Rahimov, an Uzbek businessman who has been linked to organised crime by United States authorities, is the driving force for any suspension inflicted on the AIBA, despite his resignation in March, reports Xinhua news agency.

Rakhimov vehemently rejects such charges and insists the allegations against him are "politically motivated lies".

AIBA said in a statement that it had "taken note" of the International Olympic Committee report and would not make any comments until further clarification is made.

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Media reports have indicated that AIBA would sue if it is denied the right to organise boxing, including the qualifications, for the Tokyo Games.

Bach said that because Rakhimov has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department, dealing with AIBA posed a "high risk".

Before the announcement, AIBA's leadership had insisted that the organisation had met all the requirements stipulated by the IOC.

Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), told AFP that "no appeal would be possible until a final decision has been made" but that the Olympic Charter enables the CAS to rule on an appeal should AIBA decide to file one.

"The IOC have said to us very clearly that boxing will feature in the 2020 Olympic Games", Sarah Keane, President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland said.

But while that severe option has not been taken, the governing body will be replaced for the remainder of the current Olympic cycle by a taskforce chaired by International Gymnastics Federation president Morinari Watanabe.

"Every single document asked, we produced, every single requirement we have met", he said.

Boxers, Bach said, should rest assured that there will be a "fair competition in which all the athletes have equal and fair chances".

Qualifying events are set to take place between January and May of next year.

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