Amateur boxing refused even from Gazprom. Will the boxers return to the Olympic family?
Alexander Frolov June 7, 2023, 11:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Umar Kremlev’s team met all the IOC requirements.
Years go by, many things change, but the problems of amateur boxing seem to stay with us forever. The International Boxing Association (IBA) has been in existence for over a hundred years, but its legitimacy is increasingly being questioned. At first, amateur boxing suffered from lack of finances, low judge ratings, and downright muddy tournament schemes. Then the Russian Umar Kremlev led the IBA, brought sponsors with him and solved most of the problems. But another unpleasant story began – politics.
Recall that in 2019 the IBA was suspended from organizing boxing tournaments at the Olympic Games. Since then, the International Boxing Association has done a lot to lift the IOC sanction, but there is no way to return the lost rights. The International Olympic Committee continues to manage the qualifications for the 2024 Olympic Games, and the IBA is still out of business, although it actively organizes the World Championships and other major tournaments. A very strange situation, but seeing its root is not difficult at all.
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The problem is that Western boxing leaders don’t like the Kremlin because it’s from Russia. Yes, and his bold decisions upset many people: for example, Russian and Belarusian athletes can compete under their own flag and anthem. It would seem that the IBA simply upholds the principles of equality and no politics in sports. But this does not suit the United States – they have already announced the creation of their own amateur boxing organization. In the noble sport, a real political war is being waged.
However, the IBA is certain of its victory. And he’s still hoping for a return to the Olympic family. In fact, the Kremlin team complied with all the IOC requirements, including even refusing to renew the contract with Gazprom. And the day before he sent a letter to the Olympic Committee, notifying that there were no more obstacles to remove his disqualification. The IOC Executive Board has reacted and is already meeting for its next meeting. Will the IBA achieve a positive result?