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Boxing is close to being out of the Olympics

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Boxing nears exit from the Olympics after the current Russian president of the International Boxing Federation was re-elected unopposed – after Dutch candidate Boris van der West was prevented from challenging Omar Krimlev

  • Dutch candidate Boris van der West has been dramatically prevented from challenging Omar Krimlev by the Provisional Nominations Committee
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected van der West’s attempt to block Friday night’s vote and Kremlev was formally re-elected to a four-year term.
  • Boxing’s place on the Paris 2024 program has not been confirmed and has been removed from the schedule for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the IBA due to issues relating to governance, finance, arbitration and arbitration

Boxing is close to exiting the Olympics for good after the embattled amateur discipline federation re-elected its current Russian president unopposed after a controversial decision to prevent its only competitor from standing against him on the eve of the vote.

The IBF election was due to take place on Friday but was postponed by 24 hours to allow the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on an appeal by Dutch candidate Boris van der Voorst, who was dramatically prevented from challenging Omar Krimlev through provisional nominations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected van der Furst’s urgent bid to block Friday night’s vote, and Krimlev, president of the IBA since December 2020, was formally re-elected to a four-year term at an extraordinary conference in Istanbul on Saturday – an outcome that landed the boxing Olympics. More doubt in the future.

Boxing’s place in the Paris 2024 program has not been confirmed and has been excluded from the schedule for the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

The popular sport featured at last year’s postponed Olympics in Tokyo, but the competition was run by the International Olympic Committee, which suspended the International Professional League (IBA) over issues related to governance, finance, arbitration and arbitration.

The International Olympic Committee is closely monitoring developments related to the election of the International Bar Association after van der West was deemed ineligible due to his participation in a coalition that criticized the organization for its response to the Ukraine war and its funding by Russia’s state-owned Gazprom. .

Russia's Omar Krimlev has been re-elected as president of the International Boxing Association after running unopposed
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Russia’s Omar Krimlev has been re-elected as president of the International Boxing Association after running unopposed

Kremlev (center), president of the International Bar Association since December 2020, was officially re-elected to a four-year term at an extraordinary conference in Istanbul on Saturday.

Kremlev (center), president of the International Bar Association since December 2020, was officially re-elected to a four-year term at an extraordinary conference in Istanbul on Saturday.

Concerns in the International Olympic Committee, the most powerful body in world sport, are believed to have heightened after the process that led to Kremlev’s re-election to the top position in the troubled ITF. A spokesperson told Sportsmail it was “closely monitoring developments at the IBA”.

The IOC previously took the rare step of publicly admitting it had issues with Kremlev to run the IBA, which has been suspended as the sport’s Olympic governing body.

It also issued warnings to the IBA about the Gazprom deal, which remains in place even though other sports organizations and clubs – such as UEFA and Schalke 04 – have abandoned their deals with the Kremlin-sponsored group in response to the Ukraine war.

A decision on a boxing venue in Paris 2024 next year, and there are growing fears that it will not be brought back and could be permanently disposed of.

Amateur boxing has been in crisis for years due to problems on the board of directors

Amateur boxing has been in crisis for years due to problems on the board of directors

Russian boxers banned from competing in PFL events due to Vladimir Putin's invasion

Russian boxers banned from competing in PFL events due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion

Kremlev’s impending re-election came under scrutiny even before the meeting in Istanbul. Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that question marks had been raised over Krimlev’s ability to stand first given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing bloodshed in the country.

Kremlev is known to Vladimir Putin as he talks with the Russian president.

Video footage captured at the 2019 European Games in Minsk shows the two having a quiet conversation outside one of the event venues.

Rio 2016 Olympics marred by allegations of corruption in boxing

Rio 2016 Olympics marred by allegations of corruption in boxing

“Of course, there should not be,” said a source close to the IBA Executive Committee. Every Russian official holding a high position should, at least, temporarily retreat.

While Russian and Belarusian boxers are currently banned from competing in IBA events in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, there are still concerns that no action will be taken by the IBA regarding the position of Kremlev and the Gazprom agreement.

The election controversy is the latest crisis for the IBA, which continues to be plagued by a corruption and fraud scandal at the Rio 2016 Olympic boxing tournament. Dozens of officials were found to fix fights at the Games in the Brazilian city and five years after the event.

Corruption in Olympic boxing

The Rio 2016 boxing championship has been hit by a corruption and fraud scandal, detailed in extensive reporting from Canadian lawyer Richard McClaren.

All 36 referees and judges who presided over the Rio 2016 convention have been disqualified amid the allegations, leading to McLaren opening an investigation.

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

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

But it didn’t stop there. McLaren revealed that at least five competitions were marred by attempts to fix fights as of July last year.

The third and final installment of Al-Kindi’s report, which made findings in Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme, is due to be published on June 22.

Concerns about refereeing and arbitration in sports were among the reasons why the International Olympic Committee suspended Olympic recognition of IBA, preventing it from any role in the boxing tournament at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The competition in Tokyo was managed by an IOC task force and the suspension could also lead to the IBA being banned from participating in the Paris 2024 Games, while boxing’s place in the Los Angeles 2028 program remains conditional.

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