The International Olympic Committee (IOC) may exclude boxing from the 2020 games in Tokyo
The pugilist sports faces potential expulsion from the Tokyo Olympics after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) declared the nomination of Gafur Rakhimov as their next president.
Rakhimov has been performing the duties of an interim president since January without the permission of the IPC who have already warned against his links to organized crime in his country, Uzbekistan.
However, the permanent election is now set for the AIBA congress to hold in Moscow on November 2 to 3 as no other candidate met the deadline for the election.
The conflict between the IOC and the AIBA has been brewing all year: the IOC first suspended AIBA funding last December, and have given them until April 30th to report back with the promise of proper reform on such basic issues as governance, finance, refereeing and anti-doping.
In January, the AIBA “elected” Rakhimov as their interim president. This came after the body expelled several judges after the 2016 Rio Olympics furore over their anti-doping stance.
The IOC also insisted they cut two men’s weight divisions for Tokyo to make way for two more women’s, something the AIBA had been resisting.
“We are extremely worried about the governance of the AIBA,” said IOC President Thomas Bach, during an opening session of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.
Rakhimov may not be known in sporting circles, but he is to Interpol, and the US Treasury, who believe him to be one of his country’s “leading criminals” and “an important person involved in the heroin trade” who was connected to the Thieves-in-Law crime group.