The disqualification (DQ) of a candidate for the presidency of boxing’s worldwide federation has roused considerations concerning the sport’s possibilities of getting again within the good graces of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and into the calendar of the Summer Games.
“I am shocked at this development,” stated Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) president Ed Picson on the disqualification of Boris van der Vorst, the lone opponent to the controversial International Boxing Association (IBA) president, Umar Kremlev of Russia.
“While I still have to find out what exactly is the problem, I think the timing is suspect and very unfortunate,” Picson added.
Picson refused to additional touch upon the problem, saying the Abap will await additional decision on the controversy earlier than releasing a further assertion.
“We’ll see what happens. Obviously, we rise and fall with IBA,” he informed the Inquirer.
But an IBA supply contacted by the Inquirer stated Van der Vorst’s disqualification, which leaves Kremlev because the lone candidate for the IBA presidency, places boxing’s plan to be reinstated within the Olympic calendar in peril. The IBA has postponed the election, which was scheduled for Friday, to Saturday.
The supply informed the Inquirer that Van der Vorst has filed an pressing enchantment on the Court for Arbitration for Sport.
No pugs in LA
The IOC had already introduced that it was scrapping boxing from the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The IOC, the supply stated, saved the game within the Paris calendar in 2024 “in deference to the boxers [who are already] preparing for it.”
Boxing within the Tokyo Olympics was run by a activity power created by the IOC.
The IBA has been underneath hearth from the IOC as a result of, it stated in a letter to the beleaguered federation, of “…concerns remaining in the key areas of governance, financial sustainability and the proven integrity of the refereeing and judging systems.”
The IOC, the supply informed the Inquirer, “gave IBA till May 2023 to get [its] act together. It’s been two years but the Russian president has been dancing around the issues.”
The IBA interim nomination unit, fashioned solely this yr, disqualified Van der Vorst and 4 different candidates for the IBA board of administrators at some point earlier than elections at Wow Convention Center in Istanbul.
The causes given have been “ participation in another international boxing organization, prohibited collaboration between candidates and electoral campaigning outside the electoral period.”
The choice got here after the IBA disciplinary committee declared the 5 candidates “not guilty” of the identical costs solely a day earlier than.
However, the nomination unit stated it makes its choices “independent of the IBA Disciplinary Committee, since the Nomination Unit pronounces itself only on the eligibility of candidates and not on disciplinary matters.”
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