IOC calls for Aiba ‘action’

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has warned the International Boxing Association (Aiba) that it needs to make more progress in implementing vital governance reforms or it could face being blocked from being on the programme for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games.

The IOC Executive Board requested an update from Aiba at its previous executive board meeting in February, but Bach (pictured) said yesterday (Thursday) that a progress report showed insufficient steps had been taken to resolve issues surrounding finances, integrity and the administration of the governing body.

The IOC said that Aiba must complete further reforms by July 11 ahead of the next executive board meeting.

“This report shows some progress and goodwill, but still lacks execution and, in some areas, substance,” Bach said. “We now need to see action. Therefore, we retain our right to exclude boxing from the programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“With regard to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, we decided to protect these young athletes who cannot be blamed for all the issues we have on the table and keep boxing on the programme. This will happen on the condition that the refereeing system, meaning the appointment process of the judges, is approved by international independent experts."