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Boxing risk being de-recognized as an Olympic 2020 sport

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There has been an outcry in the amateur boxing world and the sport faces a breakaway threat after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crimes.

As it stands, the relationship between the International Olympic Committee and the International Boxing Association has been tense after Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.

The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov is a heroin trafficker linked to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.

The International Boxing Association risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers.


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