IOC recommends withdrawal of recognition for IBA

Former Bombers captain Musa Shadir Bwogi (red) lands a punch during a bout against Georgia Madiev Eskerkhan in the welterweight category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics | Photo Credit: Courtesy

BOXING IOC recommends withdrawal of recognition for IBA

Shafic Kiyaga 15:48 - 08.06.2023

Despite IOC's stance, boxing is expected to retain its place in the Paris 2024 Olympic program.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has recommended the withdrawal of recognition for the International Boxing Association (IBA) following a meeting held on Tuesday.

The decision, which was made after examination of IBA's current situation, is set to be finalized during an extraordinary IOC meeting on June 22.

IOC's recommendation stems from IBA's failure to fulfill the conditions required by IOC to lift its suspension and regain recognition, expressing concerns about governance, finances, refereeing, and ethics, which ultimately led to the suspension imposed on the IBA in 2019.

A report on the matter emphasized the severity of the situation, stating that IBA was unable ‘to provide sufficient evidence of actual and effective evolution'.

Despite IOC's stance, boxing is expected to retain its place in the Paris 2024 Olympic program.

The IOC Executive Board recommended maintaining boxing's inclusion in the best interest of the athletes and the sport itself.

However, the IBA's prospects for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics appear bleak, as the IOC's report concluded that the IBA would be ineligible to organize the boxing tournament if the sport were included in the event.

In response to concerns regarding boxing's future on the Olympic program, a new federation called World Boxing was launched.

World Boxing has welcomed the clarity provided by IOC's recommendation to withdraw recognition of the IBA. Describing IBA's leadership as ‘corrosive’, World Boxing aims to secure a better future for the sport.

It expressed its commitment to work collaboratively with the IOC and all stakeholders to ensure boxing remains at the heart of the Olympic Movement.

Several National Federations, including USA Boxing and SwissBoxing, have already joined World Boxing, while others, such as the Dutch Boxing Federation and Boxing New Zealand, have indicated their likely intention to follow suit.

IBA, in response, has suspended the National Federations of New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands, denouncing World Boxing as a "rogue organization."