Boxing could be banned from the 2020 Olympics

Anthony Joshua of Great Britain celebrat

Boxing holds a proud place in the history of the Olympic Games.

In recent years the likes Amir Khan, Anthony Joshua and Katie Taylor have all become World Champions, following Olympic medals. Meanwhile, across the pond, Floyd Mayweather and Deontay Wilder have done the same. 

Boxing is one of the founding sports of the Olympics and has been ever-present apart from the 1912 games in Stockholm, when it was actually banned in Sweden. It seems strange for Boxing to not be part of it, but that could happen as soon as the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. 

This comes the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) fears over potential match-fixing at amateur level in boxing. 

They have also frozen any contracts and financial payments involving the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).

Interim president of AIBA, Gafur Rakhimov was described as "one of Uzbekistan's leading criminals" by the US Treasury Department, who claim that he has links to the heroin trade.

IOC bosses were said to be unsatisfied with a report from AIBA itself, about its governance, refereeing and anti-doping issues - demanding another inquest by April 30.

In a statement, they said: "The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020," as per The Sun.

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In response, crisis-hit AIBA claimed: "This decision is extremely disappointing for AIBA as it hoped the IOC Executive Board would have understood that the processes necessary to implement even more measures require more time."

Thomas Bach (president of IOC) added: "We are still looking into this issue... we want them to [give] a satisfying explanation.

"We are extremely worried about the governance of AIBA."

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Rakhimov, 66, became interim president last month, following Italian Franco Falcinelli's unexpected resignation.

When taking charge, he stated: "Our message to the IOC and to the world of boxing is that AIBA is turning over a new leaf and we intend to demonstrate our responsibility to all national federations and our commitment to the sport we all love."

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