Corruption-ridden Boxing Federation excluded from 2024 Paris Olympics

The world governing body, tainted by boxing corruption, will once again be excluded from hosting its own event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Friday.

The International Boxing Association (IBA) was already banned from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the organization’s presence at the 2028 Los Angeles Games was also uncertain.

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“In the interest of the athletes and boxing community, the IBA will not run qualifying and Olympic events,” IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said at a press conference.

Boxing will take place in Paris in 2024, but McConnell said the Olympic body is “very concerned” with the amateur boxing body’s “governance, refereeing and judging process and finances.”

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The IBA president, the recent re-election of Russian Umar Kremlev, has been called into question by the Arbitration Court for Sport and the IOC is also concerned about “its financial dependence” on the giant Russian gas company Gazprom.

From the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, many Olympic boxing tournaments have been tarnished by allegations of corruption by judges and referees.

McConnell added that the IOC would decide on the terms of the boxing association in Paris “by working closely with the organizing committee and representatives of the athletes”.

Although boxing, which made its Olympic bow in St. Louis in 1904, is guaranteed to be at the Paris 2024 event, its presence at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics is still balanced.

“We’ve been seeking clarification from the IBA for many years,” McConnell said.

“The (IOC) board felt that was enough.”

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