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Aiba bans African Boxing Federation president

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has issued a three-year ban to African Boxing Federation (AFBC) president Kelani Bayor and suspended the Congolese Boxing Federation (Fecoboxe) from hosting events for two years in the wake of incidents at June’s African Boxing Continental Championships.

The Aiba Disciplinary Commission has acted, specifically citing an incident on June 25 at the Championships in Brazzaville, Congo. The Disciplinary Commission found that a “hostile and threatening reaction” to Aiba officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Bayor, who is said to have committed “serious and unacceptable violations” of the Aiba Disciplinary Code.

Aiba said in a statement: “The intimidation felt by Aiba officials as a result of insufficient security planning from Fecoboxe, their inadequate response to the situation and Mr Bayor’s own actions, was fully outlined in the tournament supervisor’s written report. The Commission’s decision was also based on written testimony from the majority of those officials present. The Commission’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal.”

Bayor also serves as an Aiba vice-president and member of the Executive Committee. The latest news comes amid the ongoing battle for power at Aiba. The Court of Lausanne in Switzerland last month deferred a decision on who should be responsible for leading Aiba until later this month.

An extraordinary general assembly is then expected to be held in October, with Aiba’s members set to decide on the future leadership of the governing body. The court’s second deferment on the matter means Aiba president Ching Kuo-Wu remains in control for the time being at least, despite coming under pressure from an Interim Management Committee (IMC), which was established in July following a vote of no confidence in the association’s leader by the executive committee.

The Associated Press news agency noted that Togolese official Bayor is one of the executive committee officials who has challenged Wu’s leadership.