Olympics-IOC recommends boxing keeps its place in Tokyo but not under AIBA

Reuters

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 22 (Reuters) - Boxing should keep its place at next year's Olympic Games but recognition of AIBA, the governing body of the sport's amateur version, should be suspended, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board recommended on Wednesday.

The IOC said in a statement that it would instead set up a task force to organize the boxing competitions, including the qualification events to be held between January and May.

The decision followed an IOC inquiry into the finances and governance of AIBA which has been in turmoil for years. AIBA says it has undergone a profound reform program in the last 18 months.

"Today’s decision was taken in the interest of the athletes and the sport of boxing. We want to ensure that the athletes can live their dream and participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020," IOC President Thomas Bach said.

The recommendations will be put to a full IOC session in Lausanne in June. The IOC added that AIBA's status should be reviewed after the Games. (Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)

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