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Doubts Return Back as IOC Expresses Concerns Over Boxing’s Return to Paris Olympics 2024

Published 04/13/2022, 8:30 AM EDT

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USA Today via Reuters

Less than 10 days after IBA had secured approval from the IOC executive board involving a new qualification process for boxing at the Paris Olympics 2024, IOC has once again complained about the entire process.

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The IOC’s Sports Director, Kit McDonnell and the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, have presented a letter to the IBA President, Umar Kremlev, containing a list of concerns.

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The letter acknowledges the fact that their board approved the technical elements of the new Qualification System. However, the IOC now wants to ascertain how the IBA plans to find out the new Boxing Qualification System (BQS). There are also concerns over the fact that most of the Olympic quota places are to be distributed through a ranking system that isn’t yet detailed.

The IBA has said they plan to stage a Global Cup Tournament at which Boxers can secure points. But, they are yet to say where these tournaments will take place. Apart from this, IBA also needs to inform how the points system will work and how many tournaments it will host.


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The IOC wants to know:-

  • the confirmation of host cities of ranking-qualifying events
  • the governance and financial structures of the events
  • the ranking system
  • the guarantees of acceptable levels of Technical official management, particularly that of the Referees and Judges
  • any other relevant information

The IBA has been given a deadline of 2nd May 2022, to provide the IOC with a copy of their updated documentation.

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Canadian Lawyer Richard McLaren filed a report revealing the existence of corruption within AIBA. The report also revealed that bouts were manipulated at events, such as the World Youth Championship in Poland.


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A prime character in these manipulations was the former executive director, Karim Bouzidi. The Frenchman supposedly led the “bout manipulation scheme” at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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The organizational problems enabled a system of manipulation in the interregnum period, stated the report.

The report also mentioned that there were several bouts, with a questionable result in 2017. As a result, AIBA was stripped of its right to organize the tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.


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The question that remains is; Will the IOC be willing to run the Boxing Tournament in Paris as they did in Tokyo?

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. This Football (Soccer) and Basketball fan, is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune. An ardent fan of sports in general, Naman was a National Level Footballer himself.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa