— Published 9 May 2023

Two steps forward to the IOC

The end of hostilities? The International Boxing Federation (IBA) announced at the end of last week that it had sent the IOC a thick document that was supposed to respond to the “concerns” expressed for months by the Olympic body, notably on questions of governance and financing. The report is 400 pages long. It “reflects all the reforms and improvements made by the IBA over the past two years,” according to a statement from the body chaired by Russian Umar Kremlev. The IBA explains that it has formally answered, in detail, each of the IOC’s questions. At the same time, the IBA announced that it had created an ad hoc commission to facilitate the commission with the IOC. It is composed of eight people, including the five presidents of the continental confederations. The committee also includes Jinqiang Zhou of China, vice-minister of sports, Ajay Singh of India, vice-president of the IBA, and George Yerolimpos, secretary general and executive director of the body. A first meeting of its members was held on 1 May to define the best communication strategy to establish with the IOC. Following this, the IBA officially requested that representatives of its new committee be received at the IOC in Lausanne to “improve relations between the parties and find a common solution for the re-establishment of the IBA’s recognition within the Olympic family.