New doubts about boxing’s participation in the Paris 2024 Olympics


The International Olympic Committee has once again cast doubts on whether the ailing International Boxing Association will be reinstated into the Olympic fold ahead of the Paris games.

Less than ten days after the IBA received approval from the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board for a new qualification procedure for boxing at the Paris Games, has learned that the IOC indeed still has major concerns about the whole procedure.

Two senior OCI officials, Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, the organization’s chief ethics and compliance officer, and IOC sporting director Kit McDonnell, have presented a list of concerns to IBA President Umar Kremlev.

They acknowledge that their own board approved what they call the “technical elements” of the boxing qualification system (BQS) for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

According to the letter, the recognition of the Boxing QS is one of the “standard tasks of all international federations”.

However, the IOC now wishes to determine how the IBA plans to provide the qualification system to ensure fairness and transparency in the areas of refereeing and scoring.

Of even greater concern to the IBA is the IOC’s concern that the majority of Olympic quota places will be distributed via a ranking system that has yet to be specified.

“This reliance on a ranking system not yet implemented may pose additional challenges for you to deliver the promised Boxing QS, particularly in the event of technical difficulties or financial issues,” the letter reads.

The IBA plans to hold so-called Global Cup tournaments in 2024, where boxers can secure ranking points. However, you have yet to list where these tournaments are held, how many there will be, or how boxers can earn ranking points.

Now the IOC wants to know:

− confirmation of the host cities of ranking qualifying events;

− the management and financial structures of the events;

− the ranking system itself (point distribution and justification);

− the guarantees of an acceptable level of management of the Technical Officials, in particular the Referees and Judges; and

− other relevant information.

The IBA intends to publish details of the tournaments and the points system at the end of this year.

The IOC has also given the IBA until 2 May to provide a copy of its updated documentation detailing new procedures relating to referees and judges.

“These documents will be the basis for both PwC’s independent compliance assessment of your operations at the upcoming Women’s World Championships and the IOC’s analysis of the IBA’s progress on this front,” the letter reads.

Although the letter makes no reference to the IBA’s controversial sponsorship deal with Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom, it specifically seeks to be “informed about the actions the IBA has planned to achieve financial diversity and independence.”

While the letter is written in diplomatic language, the unmistakable message to the IBA is that the IOC stands by their case and that unless they meet those requirement lists, they are unlikely to return to the Olympic lap any time soon.

But the crucial question remains unanswered. If the IBA is left out, will the IOC be willing to host the boxing tournament at the Paris Games itself, like it did last year in Tokyo? New doubts about boxing’s participation in the Paris 2024 Olympics

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