Date : 23 May 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 23, 2019: Boxing will remain in the Olympics with the International Olympic Committee recommending that the sport keeps its place on the medal roster at Tokyo 2020.
The recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) will however be suspended by the IOC which will organise and run the Olympic tournament in Tokyo next year.
The decision was based on the recommendations of the report of the Inquiry Committee chaired by IOC Executive Board member Nenad Lalovic. The Inquiry Committee was set up on November 30, 2018 to look into the issues of finance, governance, ethics and referees and judging.
“This decision was taken in the interest of the athletes in the sport of boxing. We want to ensure that the athletes can live their dreams and participate at the Tokyo Olympics while drawing the necessary consequences for the International Boxing Association following the recommendations of the Inquiry Committee,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
“At the same time, we offer a pathway back to lifting the suspension, but there needs to be fundamental change,” Bach added.
After a thorough discussion, the IOC Executive Board recommended to the IOC Session that boxing maintains its place on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and that the IOC organise and run the tournament including all qualifying competitions.
If these decisions are confirmed at the IOC Session in Lausanne next month, the IOC Executive Board also confirmed that the total athlete quota for boxing would remain at 286 with eight men’s events and five women’s events.
The IOC also noted that no Tokyo 2020 qualification system has been previously confirmed and the new calendar for the Olympic qualifiers will take place between January and May next year.
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