LAUSANNE (AFP) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended Wednesday that amateur boxing’s governing body be stripped of its right to organize the event at Tokyo 2020, but said the sport should still feature at the Games.
The guidance from the IOC’s executive board – almost certain to be rubber-stamped by the full IOC membership next month – followed a months-long investigation into alleged serious mismanagement at the crisis-riddled International Boxing Association (AIBA).
The probe ‘‘speaks for itself,’’ IOC president Thomas Bach told reporters in Lausanne.
He said the evidence details ‘‘extremely serious issues’’ within AIBA ranging from ‘‘deficiencies’’ in governance, to lack of due diligence and conflicts of interest.
In ousting AIBA from the Tokyo Games but creating a new path for boxers to compete, the IOC was seeking to ensure that athletes ‘‘can live their dream and participate in the Olympic Games’’ while making sure AIBA faced ‘‘the necessary consequences,’’ Bach said in a statement.
The IOC probe was led by audit firm Deloitte, and centered on subjects ranging from finances, governance and ethics to anti-doping, refereeing and judging.
The probe determined that AIBA has made ‘‘a lack of satisfactory progress,’’ in resolving its issues, the IOC said.
In a statement, AIBA said that it had ‘‘taken note of the announcement made by the IOC’’ but refused to be drawn on what its next move would be.
‘‘AIBA is currently reviewing the report from the IOC and will not make any comments until further clarification is made, however AIBA does look forward to working with the IOC in the future,’’ it said.
Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), told AFP that ‘‘no appeal would be possible until a final decision has been made’’ but that the Olympic Charter enables the CAS to rule on an appeal should AIBA decide to file one.