IOC restrict IBA from 2024 Paris Olympics
by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have restricted the International Boxing Association (IBA) from participating in the qualifying and competitive events of boxing sport in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
IOC pronounced it on Friday, stating that the decision became necessary due to pressing issues of concern involving IBA’s system of governance, refereeing and judging strategy.
According to the Olympics world governing body, the decision is also necessitated by the need to provide certainty for athletes to qualify for Olympic Games Paris 2024.
“The decision is centred on the athletes and the need to provide certainty on the Olympic competitions and qualifications leading to Paris 2024,” IOC said.
“It follows the continuing and very concerning issues of the IBA, such as its governance and its refereeing and judging system,” the world’s body stated.
Furthermore, IOC assured that the body will fashion out an exclusive way with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee to organise boxing sport from the qualifying stage to the competitive event devoid of intrusions from IBA.
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The statement continued: “The IOC administration will finalise on an exceptional basis alternative models for the organisation of these boxing competitions, working closely with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and athletes’ representatives
“The outcomes of these discussions and suggested recommendations will then be presented to the IOC EB in due course,” it added.
However, the IOC contemplate whether the sports will be included in the 2028 Olympic Games slated for Los Angeles, California, USA.