Boxing IBA Election
FILE - General Secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation, member of the Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Umar Kremlev holds a news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 27, 2020. The challenger to the Russian incumbent in the presidential election at the troubled International Boxing Association has been ruled ineligible a day before the vote. Umar Kremlev is standing for re-election amid sanctions on Russian sports and concern the IBA is financially dependent on Gazprom. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

IOC questions Olympic boxing leadership after IBA election


With boxing’s status at the Olympics in doubt, the IOC was not impressed on Saturday with the leadership election of the sport’s governing body which was stripped of recognition in 2019.

International Boxing Association members re-elected their Russian president Umar Kremlev by acclamation two days after the only other candidate, from the Netherlands, was removed by an independent vetting panel.

“The events surrounding IBA’s general assembly, in particular the elections, merit careful analysis and are just reinforcing the questions and doubts around IBA’s governance,” the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

Saturday’s vote marked the third presidential election in less than four years where boxing officials worldwide have elected a winner in defiance of IOC advice.

The IOC has for several years expressed concerns about the integrity of IBA’s management and finances, and potentially improper judging of bouts at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics under previous leadership.

The Olympic body excluded IBA from helping to organize boxing at the Tokyo Games last year, and left it off the initial slate of sports for the 2028 edition in Los Angeles.

Without a share of Olympic revenue from Tokyo, Kremlev has won support in boxing for clearing millions of dollars of IBA debts, though seemingly from a single Russian source.

“The various IOC concerns, including the financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still not resolved,” the IOC said.

Boxing is due to be at the 2024 Paris Olympics but the IOC last week warned IBA members of concerns with the proposed qualifying path for hundreds of boxers.

The IOC said its executive board “will receive an update on the latest developments in IBA” at a two-day meeting next week.

Kremlev’s intended election opponent Boris van der Vorst has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against being barred from the election. He faced complaints about prohibited collaboration with candidates for other IBA positions.

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I am an amateur boxer and follow the sport with a passion HOWEVER it is one of the most corrupt sports in the world, even here. The yamane scandal tainted boxing badly recently. Go to any pro gym here and you'll see them selling ' ken ' gloves, which are pure crap...dig deeper and you'll find out why. Even last week , the Canelo bivol wba light heavyweight bout in Las Vegas was scored appalling by all three judges... To the amazement of the honest members of the boxing community. Boxing honestly doesn't deserve to be an Olympic sport until it cleans up its act.

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Yes please crackdown on alleged corruption (the above article is a good example of that for sure) but don't take it out on the marvelous boxers. Nor on the honest officials like Boris van der Vorst. Take it out on the corrupt officials.

Don't allow anyone to deny wonderful, brave, good, decent, honest boxers the opportunity to display their talents in the Olympics. Alleged corruption is not their fault, and it exists in many Olympic sports (such as sprinting-doping etc).

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