The disagreement between the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) increases after the decision of the highest boxing body to lift the ban on Russian and Belarusian boxers.
“The IBA Board of Directors voted to cancel its previous decision and allow boxers from both countries to compete with immediate effect,”
The entity said in a statement. Russian and Belarusian boxers will be able to compete under their flags and listen to their anthems on the podium. “The IBA will remain politically neutral and independent,” the statement also collects.
This decision comes shortly after the IBA announced that Ukrainian boxers would compete under the name “IBA Ukrainian Team” due to the fact that it does not recognize Kyrylo Shevchenko as president of the Ukrainian Federation but Volodymyr Prodyvus, who left Ukraine after the Russian invasion and is now Vice President of the IBA.
The IBA, chaired by the Russian by the Russian Umar Kremlev, has taken a step that directly confronts him with the IOC’s mandate to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes. Boxing is currently out of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic program due to the lack of clarity in the government exercised by Kremlev, as well as in the integrity of the judges and the financial sustainability of the organization. It’ll be in 2023! When The final decision will be made! If the changes are appreciated in the Federation.
The International Boxing keeps the pulse with the IOC: lifts the ban on Russians and Belarusians
“I want to congratulate our boxers on a very important victory. Not only are they allowed to compete, But now they will be able to do so under the Russian flag. I hope that many International Federations will follow the example of the IBA and demonstrate their commitment to sporting values by allowing Russians to compete under their auspices,” said Oleg Matytsin, Russia’s Sports Minister.
At the moment, the European Boxing Confederation has already given the green light for the participation of Russia and Belarus in its events, but after the Women’s European Championship in Montenegro that will take place from October 13 to 22.
The approval for the return of Russia and Belarus has already led to reactions against it. The Swedish Federation will not attend the events in which the Russians participate. For his part, Boris van der Vorst President of the Dutch Federation. He pointed out that, “the IBA is held hostage by its Russian leaders! Who are determined to keep the governing body under their control. Together with many representatives of National Federations, we will look for ways to ensure the integrity of boxing competition and we will continue to fight to secure an Olympic place for our sport, with or without the IBA,” said insidethegames.