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AIB announces reforms after being left out of the Olympic program

AIB announces reforms after being left out of the Olympic program

Boxing will reform the scoring system, the focus of match-fixing scandals, to regain its place on the 2028 Olympics programme, the newly appointed president of the renamed International Boxing Association (IBA) has said.

Boxing, weightlifting and the modern pentathlon were left out of the preliminary list presented last week for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and have been asked by the International Olympic Committee to make changes.

The IOC is concerned that allegations of widespread fixing of Olympic fights and other events by the AIB, as reported by the two-year investigation requested by the AIB itself. The IOC organized this year’s Olympic boxing tournament in Tokyo after shutting out the Federation.

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“We have nothing to hide,” AIB president Umar Kremlev said after the findings of the investigation, which found that referees and judges were pressured to rig Olympic fights in 2016, but were unsure which fights were fixed.

“We need to deal with this and write an action plan that will lead to our reinstatement at the 2023 IOC session (when the 2028 program is decided). We need to continue to improve our administration. We implemented new forms of administration less than 72 hours after the IOC informed us (about the dismissal of the 2028 program).

On Sunday the AIB congress voted to rebrand, with the former initials AIBA, give more participation to member federations and establish an “independent unit of integrity”.

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Kremlev referred to the accused judges and referees: “if their guilt is proven they will be expelled for life and will not be able to attend the fights even as spectators.”

Boxing first appeared on the Olympic program in 1904 and has been a part of every edition since the 1920 Olympics. AP

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