IOC Executive Board recommends to IOC Session to withdraw recognition of International Boxing Association

07 Jun 2023 – The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

This decision is based on the IOC Comprehensive Report on the Situation of the IBA dated 2 June 2023, which the IOC EB discussed and approved today. The report establishes that the IBA has failed to fulfil the conditions set by the IOC in its decision communicated to the IBA on 9 December 2021 – which was not challenged by the IBA – for lifting the suspension of the IBA’s recognition.

In the preparation of this report, the IBA was granted the right to be heard and to provide any information it deemed relevant.

The IOC EB also recommends to the IOC Session – in the interest of the boxing athletes and the sport of boxing – to maintain boxing on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024, in accordance with the IOC EB’s decisions communicated on 24 June 20228 September 2022 and 6 December 2022.

To discuss the matter and take a decision, the IOC EB and the IOC President have convened an Extraordinary IOC Session to be held remotely on Thursday 22 June 2023.

Since this is an ongoing procedure, the IOC is not in a position to comment further on the situation.

Background information

In a decision taken on 26 June 2019, upon the IOC EB’s recommendation, the IOC Session suspended the IOC’s recognition of AIBA (subsequently the IBA as of 2021), pursuant to OC Rules 3.7, 18.2.8, 18.2.11 and 25 §2.

Such decision noted that, although there were sufficient grounds to withdraw AIBA’s recognition, for the protection of boxing athletes and the maintenance of boxing as a sport at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the IOC Session was willing to provide AIBA with an exceptional opportunity to restore its full compliance with OC Rule 25 and the IOC Code of Ethics.

Please refer to the Comprehensive Report dated 2 June 2023.

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