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THE DREAM OF RETURNING TO THE OLYMPICS NOT UNACHIEVABLE FOR BOXERS

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The Dream of Returning to the Olympics not Unachievable for Boxers

The astronomical amounts of money that flowed from Gazprom to IBA could not have fulfilled Moscow's objectives without the presence of an oligarch such as Umar Kremlev. It could not be expected, therefore, that the fate of the International Boxing Association presidency would be left with a free and fair elections. On another hand, there have always been tangible associations between popular sports and authoritarian politicians, especially popular sports such as boxing, which draws a considerable crowd to televisions or sports stadiums. From this perspective, the interests of the authorities in investing in sports can be criticized and analyzed.

With a brief look at the history of amateur boxing, however, which the IBA has inherited, the level of corruption that has penetrated the body of this popular Olympic sport can be unraveled. In McLaren legal team's reports, the fabrication of competition results, elections, match-fixing incidents and lack of transparency in the AIBA’s financial mechanisms have been described in detail. It has also been mentioned that despite the efforts of experienced figures trusted by the IOC to improve the circumstances in IBA, the standards in the said association did not advance as much to be aligned with the standards of McLaren. Naturally, it could not be expected that this degree of progress as reported by McLaren, would help improve the conditions in the IBA. As it was also reflected in the news, the CAS court verdict had no achievement for the IBA either.

Elimination of the IBA from the Olympics, despite rightfully exposing the determination of the International Olympic Committee in promoting meritocracy and transparency at different levels of sports, but it can inadvertently drive a significant number of boxers in the world to disappointment and uncertainty. Hence, replacing it with an emerging federation whose central core has legitimacy within the national federations of all countries is necessary and essential. That sector of IBA that attempts to represent boxing in the Olympic Games under the name of World Boxing, cannot receive the IOC’s recognition merely because of opposing Umar Kremlev.

With all the explanations presented about the performances of AIBA and IBA, the strategic mistakes of IBA along with the financial promises made by the head of this federation to its representatives in several countries should also be taken into consideration. The IBA is not in a position to actualize the two million and five hundred thousand dollars that it has promised to its continental confederations. On the other hand, Umar Kremlev’s promise of allocating a fifty thousand dollar budget to each of the IBA representatives in various countries in the world is far less than the amount that the national federations of Olympic games receive.

Sportsemic Editorial Team

Farzad Youshanlou