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Aiba confident of position ahead of IOC verdict

International Boxing Association (Aiba) interim president Mohamed Moustahsane has said the governing body is confident of its position in the Olympic Movement, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) prepares to deliver its verdict on the matter tomorrow (Wednesday).

The governance of Aiba has been the subject of a long-running IOC inquiry which could ultimately lead to it being stripped of its recognition, and authority to run boxing competitions at the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

An eight-person Aiba delegation, led by Moustahsane, yesterday (Monday) met with the IOC ad-hoc inquiry committee looking into the federation’s case. During the meeting, Aiba said a number of areas were discussed including what it claimed is the organisation’s “significant progress” in regards to finance, governance and refereeing and judging.

Aiba said it provided the committee with insights into its “complete transformation” of the organisation, explaining the improvements made and assessment tools put in place that will ensure the “continued positive work” that has been done to rebuild all areas of the organisation. In addition, Aiba said it further responded to the last outstanding points of concern raised by the committee.

Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee and we remain confident that (chair) Mr. (Nenad) Lalovic and his team will be able to positively report back to the IOC Executive Board in a few days’ time. We have done everything in our power to work with the IOC and all of our Olympic partners, and we remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and Aiba’s ability safeguard this great sport.”

The IOC has called for substantial reform of the governance of Aiba, with preparations for boxing at Tokyo 2020 currently frozen. Moustahsane was last month installed as interim president as the body continued efforts to convince the IOC that it should retain its Olympic status.

The Moroccan official, an Aiba vice-president and head of the African Boxing Confederation, was appointed following the announcement on March 22 that Gafur Rakhimov would step aside as president amid the furore caused by his initial appointment.