Boxing faces being dropped for 2020 Olympics as IOC confirm review
The International Olympic Committee have decided to review the inclusion of boxing as an event at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Boxing has been included in all but one (1912) Olympics since first appearing in 1904. However, the recent conduct of the AIBA (amateur governing body) has led the IOC to consider whether the sport has a place in two years.
“The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the program of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
“We are extremely worried about the governance in AIBA,” he added.
Bach stated boxing was not guaranteed a place and cited judge controversies at Rio 2016 as a contributing factor.
“From the fact that refereeing is part of the decision we already took in December last year. We were requesting more information. You can conclude we’re still looking into this issue,” Bach pointed out.
Should boxing be removed, it would be a huge blow for not only the amateur code but the sport as a whole.
Many of today’s top stars cut their teeth when participating and winning medals at the Olympics.
Pound-for-pound stars Vasyl Lomachenko, Alexsandr Usyk, and Gennady Golovkin are prime examples.
More is set to be revealed on the situation after the Winter Games’ conclusion.