Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today
Hidden documents, dirty bargains and corruption attempts on the highest level are some of the reasons for the heaviest blow that boxing could take in its 115-years history as part of the Olympic Games. The fate of the sport will be decided on
March 27 in Lausanne. IOC Executive board will have a meeting, where an ad-hoc Inquiry Committee, chaired by the president of International wrestling world body Nenad Lalovic, will summarize all the current problems of International boxing association (AIBA) (Update, March 26, 10.04 CET: The case of AIBA was moved to Thursday, March 28. The reason: The pressconference of Thomas Bach, set for March 27, to do not be overwhelmed by boxing questions).
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Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be remembered with one of the most controversial boxing tournament in the history of the five interlaced rings. For the first time seven of the most experienced referees/judges were expelled during the competition without further explanations. Those officials were known as The Magnificent Seven. They were extremely influential, because they were given huge authority to evaluate, train, mentor and select all the other referees and judges in elite Olympic boxing competitions.
Just before the eviction of The Magnificent the audience in Rio de Janeiro booed the result of the infamous heavyweight final (91 kg) between the Russian boxer Evgeny Tischenko and Kazakhstanian Vasily Levit and the following medal awarding ceremony in front of IOC president Thomas Bach. The most influential person in the sport probably was asking himself what the heck is going on with the Olympic boxing. If he just knew what had happened a year ago in Doha, Qatar during the World championships.
By Ognian Georgiev
The government of Kazakhstan invested $10 mil. into AIBA, Olympic boxing federation, through a company, named Skiff Promotion. The deal raised many questions, because it was never presented or approved by the Executive committee of AIBA. It was a sole decision by the currently suspended AIBA president Ching-Kwo Wu. Few days ago he was temporary removed from his position by the organization’s disciplinary commission because of violation of the rules of the Olympic boxing governing body.
In the verge of inside war and a possible bankrupt of AIBA, because of bad financial decisions, the latest dark contract would put more pressure on Ching-Kwo Wu, who sealed the deal.
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make a review of International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Olympic boxing after the Rio Games. The sport will be reevaluated after the scandals with controversial scoring during the Olympic boxing tournament. “Clearly, any issues raised in the sport will form part of this consideration,” confirmed the IOC via its communication department to Fightnews.com®.