Boxing is Still in Doubt For 2020 Olympic Games
Boxing could still be axed from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after the IOC admitted Thursday that concerns remain over the sport’s governance and management by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).
“The IOC Executive Board received a report on the AIBA situation and highlighted its significant ongoing concern with a number of key areas… that require further information and confirmation,” said an IOC statement.
These areas involved “governance, ethical and financial management”.
In February, the IOC said they had been “extremely worried” and “extremely preoccupied” by the nomination of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov for the AIBA’s interim presidency.
“The IOC executive board decided to maintain its position which includes continued suspension of any financial contributions from IOC to AIBA and the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the 2020 Olympics.”
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the situation will be further evaluated at the next meeting of the executive board in Tokyo from November 30-December 2.
IN OTHER NEWS: Fatuma ‘Iron Fist’ Zarika is starting intense training in Great Britain.
The training overseas, courtesy of her partners and leading bookmakers SportPesa, is in preparation for her title-defending bout against Mexican Yamileth Mercado set for September 8 in Nairobi.
This will be Zarika’s first trip to the UK. She is focused on making the most of the opportunity, to improve her boxing skills and gain knowledge to be able to overcome her worthy opponent.
“I will be in the UK until September 1 preparing for the big fight,” the 34-year old professional boxer said, adding: “I have never been to the UK and I am grateful to everyone who believes in me enough to make this trip possible. I promise not to let any one of them down, as I prepare for the bout against Mercado.”