Boxing could be left out of Paris 2024

It could be a reality, and each time the threat is closer. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) raises the possibility of boxing being excluded from the 2024 Paris Olympics. The dispute with the International Boxing Association (IBA) and its president, Umar Kremlev, is becoming more tense. The IOC said in a statement that the IBA “has no real interest” in the sport and is “only interested in its own power.”

In 2019, the IOC suspended AIBA for irregularities in arbitration and administrative activity, and it was excluded from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Due to this, the organization decided to omit boxing from the Los Angeles 2028 Games. The Russian president of the IBA, Umar Kremlev, has been one of the reasons why the Association is in the spotlight. He was re-elected president after being suspended on election eve by Dutch opposition candidate Boris van der Vost, who turned to CAS and claimed the suspension was not fair. Even so, the federation did not want to repeat the elections, so a great controversy was formed.

AIBA renewed a million-dollar contract with Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy provider, earlier this month. This fact has worried the IOC, which is not confident that the Association depends on a company largely controlled by the Russian government. In addition, the IBA decided to lift the ban on Russian and Belarusian boxers competing under their own flags, contrary to the Committee’s rules.

José Quiles, Gabriel Escobar, Emmanuel Reyes Pla and Gazi Jalidov, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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José Quiles, Gabriel Escobar, Emmanuel Reyes Pla and Gazi Jalidov, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Spanish Boxing Federation

President Umar Kremlev and Secretary General George Yerolimpos have sent a letter to the National Federations about the IOC’s intention to exclude boxing from the Olympic Games. In it, they state that the Games “They are a global sporting asset that belongs to athletes of all sports and cannot be an extortion tool against International Sports Federations for purely political reasons.”

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The discontent on the part of athletes and fans with this decision is already being noticed. Earlier this month, a group of about thirty protesters gathered outside the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the start of a meeting of the executive committee for boxing’s permanence in the Games. Under the slogan “No to the Games without boxing” on banners and T-shirts, the protesters demonstrated their indignation with the situation. The American Roy Jones Jr.Olympic runner-up in Seoul 1988, and Gabriele Martellicoach of the Malta Olympic boxing team, joined the rally for the sport.

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