AIBA president Wu to announce IOC president candidacy

International Boxing Association (AIBA) president CK Wu is expected to enter the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidency race, after receiving backing from his federation.

In a letter to the Olympic boxing family, AIBA executive director Ho Kim wrote: "We are pleased to share with you the upbeat emotions and unanimous voices of all AIBA executive committee [EC] members who strongly recommended President Wu to run for the International Olympic Committee presidency.

"We believe the president will accept this invaluable support from all AIBA EC members and make his final announcement whether or not to run for next IOC president very shortly.”

Wu has been AIBA president since 2006 and has been pivotal in boxing’s fight against corruption. The 66-year-old is also a multi-millionaire architect who unveiled the Samaranch Memorial in Tianjin, China, to commemorate the memory and legacy of the former IOC president last month.

Taiwanese Wu is the latest IOC member expected to put forward his candidacy after it was revealed yesterday that Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang will pronounce his campaign later this week. German Thomas Bach formally announced his candidacy last week.