Aiba interim president Moustahsane to resign

Mohamed Moustahsane has resigned from his position as interim president of the International Boxing Association (Aiba) in a move that will be effective from its next Executive Committee meeting later this month, a spokesperson for the body has told SportBusiness Professional.

The meeting will take place on either August 15 or August 25 in Istanbul, Turkey. Aiba statutes require that its Executive Committee chooses a replacement interim president from a pool of vice-presidents that includes Ted Tanner, Franco Falcinelli, Anas Al Otaiba and Osvaldo Bisbal.

Moustahsane was installed as interim president of Aiba in March. The Moroccan had served as an Aiba vice-president and is the current head of the African Boxing Confederation.

He was appointed as Aiba’s interim president following the announcement on March 22 that Gafur Rakhimov would step aside as president amid the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) probe into Aiba’s governance crisis and concerns over the Uzbek official’s suitability to lead.

Rakhimov officially resigned as president last month after he had continued to formally hold office while Moustahsane took over the running of Aiba. The governing body had previously removed a bylaw which could have permitted Rakhimov to lift his self-suspension and resume control of the organisation.

In June, the IOC officially stripped Aiba of its Olympic status, confirming that a boxing tournament would go ahead in Tokyo next year without the involvement of the federation.