Local

Boxing is getting closer to being eliminated from the Olympics

Boxing is nearing EXCLUSION from the Olympics after Russia’s incumbent president of the International Boxing Association was unopposed – after Dutch candidate Boris van der Vorst was prevented from challenging Umar Kremlev

  • Dutch candidate Boris van der Vorst was sensationally prevented from challenging Umar Kremlev by a provisional nominating panel
  • The Arbitration Court for Sport dismissed Van der Vorst’s attempt to block Friday night’s vote, and Kremlev was officially re-elected to a four-year term
  • Boxing has not confirmed its place in the Paris 2024 program and has been dropped from the schedule for the 2028 Los Angeles games
  • The IOC has suspended the IBA over problems with its governance, finances and the arbitration and judging function

Boxing has moved closer to eventual exclusion from the Olympics after the embattled federation that governs the amateur discipline unopposed its incumbent Russian president after the controversial decision to ban its only rival from competing against him on the eve of the vote .

The International Boxing Association election was scheduled for Friday but was postponed 24 hours to allow the Arbitration Board for Sport to rule on the appeal of Dutch candidate Boris van der Vorst, who was sensationally prevented from challenging Umar Kremlev by a provisional nomination, according to the panel .

CAS dismissed Van der Vorst’s urgent attempt to block Friday night’s vote, and Kremlev, IBA president since December 2020, was formally re-elected to a four-year term at an extraordinary congress in Istanbul on Saturday – a result , which tumbles the boxing olympics future further in jeopardy.

Boxing has not confirmed its place in the Paris 2024 program and has been dropped from the schedule for the 2028 Los Angeles games.

The popular sport was featured at last year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics, but the competition was run by the International Olympic Committee, which suspended the IBA over problems with its governance, finances, referees and scoring.

The IOC has been closely monitoring developments regarding the IBA elections after Van der Vorst was dismissed for his involvement in an alliance that criticized the organization for its response to the Ukraine war and its funding by Russian state-owned Gazprom was classified as eligible.

Russian Umar Kremlev was re-elected President of the International Boxing Association after a unanimous candidacy

Russian Umar Kremlev was re-elected President of the International Boxing Association after a unanimous candidacy

Kremlev (centre), IBA President since December 2020, was officially re-elected to a four-year term at an extraordinary congress in Istanbul on Saturday

Kremlev (centre), IBA President since December 2020, was officially re-elected to a four-year term at an extraordinary congress in Istanbul on Saturday

Concerns at the IOC, world sport’s most powerful body, are believed to have grown after the trial that led to Kremlev’s re-election to the top post at the troubled IBA. A spokesman told Sportsmail that they were “monitoring developments at the IBA very closely”.

The IOC has previously taken the rare step of publicly admitting it has problems with Kremlev, who runs the IBA, which is suspended as the sport’s Olympic governing body.

It has also warned the IBA about its Gazprom deal, which remains in place despite other sports organizations and clubs – such as UEFA and Schalke – having gone out of business with the Kremlin-sponsored group in response to the Ukraine war.

A decision on boxing’s place at Paris 2024 next year and there are growing fears it will not be reinstated and could be permanently kicked out.

Amateur boxing has been in crisis for years due to problems with the umbrella organization

Amateur boxing has been in crisis for years due to problems with the umbrella organization

The upcoming re-election of the Kremlin had already been put to the test before the meeting in Istanbul. Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that question marks had been raised over whether the Kremlev could even last amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent bloodshed in the country.

The Kremlin is familiar with Vladimir Putin and converses with the Russian President.

Video footage taken at the European Games 2019 in Minsk shows the two having a relaxed chat in front of one of the venues.

Russian boxers are banned from attending IBA events due to Vladimir Putin's invasion

Russian boxers are banned from attending IBA events due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion

“Of course he shouldn’t be there,” said a source close to the IBA Executive Committee. “Any Russian official holding a high position should resign, at least temporarily.”

Although Russian and Belarusian boxers are currently banned from attending IBA events in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, concerns remain about the IBA’s lack of action on Kremlev’s position and the Gazprom deal.

The election controversy is the latest crisis for the IBA, which is still reeling from the corruption and fight scandal at the Rio 2016 Olympic boxing tournament. Dozens of officials were noted at the games in the Brazilian city and with fixed fights for five years after the event.

CORRUPTION IN OLYMPIC BOXING

The Rio 2016 boxing tournament was overshadowed by a corruption and martial arts scandal detailed in detailed accounts by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

All 36 umpires and judges who officiated at Rio 2016 were removed amid the allegations, prompting McLaren to launch an investigation.

McLaren conducted a comprehensive study of the events surrounding Rio 2016 and cataloged how fights were rigged.

He found evidence of bribes, money in toothpaste tubes, demands for $100,000 and threats of late-night visits to the hotel room of a boxing judge who refused to take part in the corruption.

But it didn’t stop there. At least five competitions were marred by attempts to fix fights up until July last year, McLaren revealed.

The third and final part of the report by the Canadian, whose findings on Russia’s state-sponsored doping program are well known, is scheduled to be released on June 22.

Concerns about refereeing and scoring in sport were one of the reasons the IOC suspended the IBA’s Olympic recognition, preventing it from playing a boxing role at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Tokyo competition was run by an IOC task force and the suspension could also ban the IBA from participating in the Paris 2024 games, while boxing’s place in the Los Angeles 2028 program remains conditional.

Advertisement

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-10815821/Boxing-moves-closer-THROWN-Olympics.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Boxing is getting closer to being eliminated from the Olympics

Andrew Kugle

WSTPost is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@wstpost.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button