Thursday , July 7 2022

IABA discovers how they have voted how Olympic fear is growing


The Irish Sports Boxing Association (IABA) has made an unusual step in discovering how they have voted on controversial recent elections because of the fear that the boxing will be kicked out of the Olympics.

Uzbek businessman Gafur Rahimov was elected president of AIBA, the world governing body for amateur boxing in early November.

Rahimov won 86 of the 134 votes in Moscow's election despite the US sanctions sanction for alleged links to organized crime.

This has led to fears that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will sanction AIBA by eliminating the most successful Irish sport in four-year sports extravaganza games.

The IABA usually does not say who they voted, but on that occasion they feel invited to find that they voted for the defeated opponent Serik Konakbay.

In a statement, IABA said: "It is unusual for IABA, as with most national federations, to find out how they voted in the elections, but to give an intense comment on such choices was felt by the Board of Directors and the Central Council, that in this case it is in the best interest of Irish boxing. "

Gafur Rahimov

The announcement continues: "The Central Council decides that the voting of the IABA will be announced in all elections in AIBA, and as always, the voice is used to further secure and protect the interests of boxing as a sport.

"Our decision is made after careful consideration of what is in the best interests of the sport and without any additional information about the president, except what we learned through the media.

"IABA is still concerned about the future Olympic Boxing status, given the outcome of the election, as Boxing remains the most successful Olympic sport in Ireland ever.

"We confirm that AIBA's election remains a significant confusion, but we hope that the IOC and AIBA will reach a solution to the issues between them. IABA is committed to helping in any way in achieving this goal.

"We are comforted by numerous factors, the IOC's commitment to athletes, boxers, not to be punished, and comments made by the president of AIBA that if there must be a choice between boxing at the Olympics and one man that there is no choice.

"IABA will no longer comment on this issue."

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