The IOC oversaw boxing competition at the Tokyo Olympics and announced earlier this year it would do so again for Paris 2024 after the IBA disqualified Dutch boxing official Boris van der Vorst from a previous presidential election which Kremlev then won unopposed. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) later ruled that van der Vorst should not have been disqualified, setting up Sunday’s vote, which many saw as perhaps a last chance for boxing to stay in the Olympics after Paris.
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But after IBA members voted against holding an election, 106-36, Kremlev stuck to his guns.
Although Kremlev promised to reform the IBA, he alarmed IOC officials by moving much of the organization’s operations from Lausanne, Switzerland to Russia, spent a lot of money on marketing which seemed to promote and resisted calls for an outside organization to manage the mission. judges and referees at events. The IOC has also expressed concern that the IBA’s sole sponsor is Russian energy company Gazprom, which backed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement, the IOC said it was “extremely concerned” that the IBA did not hold a presidential election and said its board “should fully review the situation at its next meeting. “.