Aiba addresses anti-doping concerns by appointing GAISF unit

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has announced a new partnership to outsource the management of its anti-doping program as part of continued efforts to assure the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over its governance.

The Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU) of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) will now take control of the key anti-doping activities of Aiba and its World Series of Boxing (WSB) competition.

The partnership deal includes in and out-of-competition tests, Registered Testing Pool (RTP), Testing Pool (TP) and whereabouts submission management, as well as other administrative services.

Aiba said in a statement: “Anti-doping is of the utmost importance for Aiba and this partnership is a proof of Aiba’s commitment on this issue. It is important to outline that Aiba as an Olympic International Federation, is in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.”

Aiba’s anti-doping system has previously been identified by the IOC as an area of concern, amid unease over its running of the sport. The IOC last month opened an investigation into Aiba and could remove boxing from the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games due to concerns over the body’s finances and governance.

The IOC has already frozen financial contributions for Aiba and has said that they will not be reinstated until a satisfactory outcome is reached. IOC president Thomas Bach, who added that the IOC had not been satisfied with a report prepared by Aiba, in February added that the IOC would break off communications with figures at the body, “excluding the ones on a working level necessary to implement the respective IOC decisions”.

Earlier, Aiba secured an out-of-court settlement to end a legal fight over a critical $10m (€8.2m) loan by one of its biggest creditors to stave off the threat of bankruptcy. Azeri company Benkons had been seeking repayment of the $10m loan, which dated back to 2011 and related to the Americas Operation of the WSB.

In November, Ching Kuo Wu was suspended and then stepped down as president following a bitter dispute with his executive committee. Gafur Rahimov was installed as the new interim president following the resignation of Franco Falcinelli.

The IOC has told Aiba to produce a new report detailing reform measures by April 30.