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Olympic boxing on the edge of knock-out

Chairman of the boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov is suspected of heroïnetrafiek

Olympic boxing on the edge of knock-out

The sport had already been beaten, but now is the olympic boxing almost against the canvas. That has the whole to himself to thank. Or better: to have just elected chairman, suspected of having ties with organized crime.

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Gafur Rakhimov was in a shadowy way, was elected president of the AIBA. Alexander Nemenov/afp

Chairman of the boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov is suspected of heroïnetrafiek

Olympic boxing on the edge of knock-out

The sport had already been beaten, but now is the olympic boxing almost against the canvas. That has the whole to himself to thank. Or better: to have just elected chairman, suspected of having ties with organized crime.

Boxing

Hans Jacobs

Brussels, in accordance with his shadowy image was the Uzbek Gafur Rakhimov in Moscow, was elected president of the international boxing federation (AIBA). Officially, he received 86 votes. How much his rival, the Kazach Serik Konakbayev, there got? Nobody knows. The same mystery about the exact number of persons entitled to vote, for at least six stembulletins were suddenly gone.

Anyway, the president is, therefore, Gafur Rakhimov, 67 years, former bokstrainer of the former Soviet Union, and later the strong man of the Uzbek Olympic Committee. But most of all to the man whom the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had warned that boxing of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 shall be deleted would be if he still would dare a candidate for the voorzittersverkiezingen.

The Uzbek state since several years on the black list of the American ministry of Finance. In the U.S., his funds frozen. He is suspected of extortion, links with organised crime and international heroïnetrafiek. The man always has his innocence uitgeschreeuwd, even during his verkiezingsspeech, and hopes that he as soon as possible, to prove in court. According to him, he is required ‘to ensure the future of the olympic boxing (at the Olympic Games camps only amateurs, no profboksers, ed.) to indemnify.’

“What boxing still distinguishes it from martial arts like thai boxing or MMA, is the olympic status. If that fails, attack the subsidies away’

Hubert Fierens

Coach boxing

The IOC is less convinced. They refuse, as yet, a conversation with the chairman, the funding tap for the AIBA has been for quite some time closed, and at the end of november decided the IOC or boxing from the olympic calendar is rolled. “It was a long time ago that we are there yet again so close to were to Belgian boxers at the Games, and now they can still might not go. That would be acid, ” says Hubert Fierens, coach boxing in the service of Sport in Flanders.

Back door?

A back door opened, only the AIBA suspended, and an olympic bokscompetitie under a different organization, but that is not certain. Fierens: “In some countries, they are little worry. But the situation leads to unrest and is anyway a matter of concern. The only thing boxing still distinguishes it from martial arts like thai boxing or MMA (kooivechten, ed.), is that olympic status. If this is lost, also the associated subsidies away. How can you still be a good way for young boxers to train? In addition, almost all the good profboksers from the olympic amateurboksen. They should then immediately profbokser be? No, really?’

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