Boxing’s Place In Olympics At Stake As Kazakh, Uzbek Vie To Head Sport

With fighting in risk of being released from a Olympics, a one-time Olympic china medalist from Kazakhstan is vowing to save his competition if he wins an ascending conflict to turn boss of a tellurian fighting association.

Serik Konakbayev is noticed as a loser claimant in an choosing for boss of a pledge fighting organisation AIBA on Nov 2, with a International Olympic Committee (IOC) carrying warned final month that a outcome of a choosing could establish either fighting is enclosed in a 2020 Olympics.

The IOC, expressing concerns about “the repute of AIBA and boxing,” suggested that it competence exclude to commend AIBA if a stream halt president, Gafur Rakhimov, who is a frontrunner in a election, wins.

The IOC forked out that Rakhimov, an Uzbek businessman, is on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list for allegedly carrying ties to orderly crime and general heroin trafficking. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“If he wins, a IOC will take a tough preference that won’t make us happy,” Konakbayev told a Associated Press on Nov 1. “We could remove appearance as an Olympic competition in a Olympic Games in Tokyo. That’s a scariest thing and we should all consider about that.”

Konakbayev, 59, hold behind from privately criticizing Rakhimov, observant he was merely relaying a IOC’s concerns.

“Mr. Rakhimov has been in AIBA for a prolonged time. He loves fighting and Mr. Rakhimov wants to make fighting better,” he told AP. But he added: “I consider that a doubts that a IOC has voiced are not groundless, so as an organization, we need to take it all severely and be prepared to equivocate these consequences.”

The IOC did not let Rakhimov attend a Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires final month.

Konakbayev, a former politician in Kazakhstan and an AIBA clamp boss who is pledge boxing’s tip central in Asia, told AP that a competition is “sliding backwards” and losing viewers to churned martial arts.

Since Konakbayev won second place for a Soviet Union in a welterweight multiplication in a 1980 Olympics, “we’ve mislaid a piquancy and recognition of boxing,” he said.

Also dogging a competition has been visit judging controversies, with a debate reaching a rise during a 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The throng in Rio booed Russia’s Yevgeny Tishchenko after he won a bullion award by a unanimous preference over Kazakhstan’s Vasily Levit, notwithstanding Levit appearing a some-more assertive fighter.

Irish bantamweight Michael Conlan also profanely objected to a quarterfinal detriment to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin, and indicted AIBA and Russia of corruption.

But quite concerning to a IOC was a judging liaison that pennyless out during a Rio Games that led to 36 AIBA officials and referees being dangling while allegations of bout-fixing were investigated.

Konakbayev told AP he was in Rio with IOC boss Thomas Bach and “saw his regard and disappointment. we don’t consider that creates a competition demeanour good.”

Konakbayev pronounced he was discreet about his chances of violence Rakhimov in a AIBA election, that will be hold in Moscow. Konakbayev was primarily released from a list and was usually authorised to run after a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Oct 30 that his assignment was valid.

“Each candidate, when he goes to a vote, is always focused on victory,” he told AP. “As a former boxer, I’m focused usually on winning.”

With stating by AP, AFP, and Reuters

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