The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already threatened the IBA with Olympic disqualification for boxing at the 2024 Games in Paris.
An IOC statement read, “The IBA has no real interest in boxing, but is only interested in its own power. There is a lack of will to understand the real problems.”
Recently, the IBA made headlines with two controversial decisions. The League extended the contract with major sponsor Gazprom, the Russian state energy supplier, and now also allows athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in international tournaments under their flag again.
The IBA reacted scathingly to the IOC’s advance. In a statement, the company said: “At this critical juncture for boxing, we simply cannot accept the IOC. Refusing to acknowledge key personal failings in the Olympic movement, while continuing to criticize the IPA and ignoring myriad governance reforms.”
If the Olympic boxing tournament in Tokyo in 2021 was not held under the supervision of the IBA, the organization itself was taken over by the International Olympic Committee. Excluding boxing from the 2028 Games in Los Angeles has been discussed for a long time.
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