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AIBA is set to be suspended from Tokyo 2020. With time ticking away a new body must take over Olympic boxing. John Dennen reports

OLYMPIC boxing has been under threat. The risk of it being excluded from Tokyo 2020 was very real. The sport will stay in the programme for the next Games, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to suspend recognition of the sport’s beleaguered governing body AIBA. AIBA has faced a host of issues; around its governance, officiating - notoriously so at Rio 2016 - financial stability and more. After launching an inquiry into AIBA in November of last year, the IOC’s Executive Board finally received its report last Wednesday (May 22). In light of those findings, the IOC Executive Board has recommended AIBA itself be suspended from administering the Olympic sport. The decision will need to be confirmed in the IOC session that will take place June 24-26. Two days before the verdict was delivered an AIBA delegation had emerged from a meeting with the IOC’s inquiry hopeful, optimistically maintaining that their organisation had significant progress in regards to finance, governance and refereeing and judging”. They added in a statement that “AIBA provided the committee with insights into its complete transformation of the organisation.” made

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