Aiba appoints interim president

Mohamed Moustahsane has been installed as interim president of the International Boxing Association (Aiba), as the body continues efforts to convince the International Olympic Committee that it should retain its Olympic status.

The Moroccan official, an Aiba vice-president and head of the African Boxing Confederation, has been appointed following the announcement on March 22 that Gafur Rakhimov would step aside as president amid the IOC’s ongoing probe into the body’s governance crisis and concerns over the Uzbek official’s suitability to lead.

In a brief statement, Aiba said: “Dr Moustahsane replaces Mr Gafur Rahimov who has chosen to step aside pending resolution of some political issues. Dr Moustahsane will assume the position of Aiba interim president effective immediately.”

The announcement capped another dramatic week for the sport. Earlier it emerged that Umar Kremlev, a member of Aiba’s executive committee, had offered to write off the organisation’s $16m (€14.2m) debt if the sport is guaranteed a place at next year’s Olympic Games.

The IOC last week concluded a three-day meeting of its Executive Board, after which it issued a brief statement on the Aiba situation. The IOC said its ad-hoc Inquiry Committee had delivered an interim report and it is hoped a final report will be ready for the next Executive Board meeting in May.

In response, Aiba said in a statement that boxers “continue to be left in the dark” about the qualification process for Tokyo 2020.