IOC Executive Board dissatisfied with AIBA maintains financial suspension

IOC Executive Board PyeongChang 2018

04 Feb 2018

In its meeting, today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board discussed the governance of the Association of International Boxing Associations (AIBA), after deciding to withhold financial contributions with immediate effect last December 2017 until required actions were fully addressed.

After discussion, it took the following decisions:

  1. The IOC Executive Board (EB) is not satisfied with the report prepared by AIBA on its governance, finance, refereeing and anti-doping issues. Therefore, the EB maintains its decision of 6 December 2017.
  2. The IOC EB confirms the opening of an investigation into the governance of AIBA by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.
  3. The IOC EB suspends any financial payments to AIBA, including directly boxing-related payments scheduled by Olympic Solidarity.
  4. The IOC EB is freezing all contacts with AIBA, except the ones on the working level which are necessary to implement the respective IOC decisions.
  5. The IOC EB requires a further report by AIBA by 30 April 2018.
  6. The IOC EB reiterates that the IOC decisions regarding the event and athlete quota for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are final.
  7. The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Last December, the IOC EB had already expressed major concerns regarding the situation within AIBA. It identified several specific requirements to be met by AIBA, particularly in the areas of governance, financial matters, anti-doping, judging and refereeing.  

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