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ESSA and International Olympic Committee to safeguard the integrity of the Winter Games

Athletes play video games at the recreational centre at the Pyeong Chang Village in PyeongChang Gangwon Province on Feb. 6 2018 three days ahead of the opening of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olymics ESSA and International Olympic Committee to safeguard the integrity of the Winter Games
Sherri Watson | 07 February, 2018, 11:36

He also informed that International Olympic Committee is not ceasing all contacts with AIBA.

The threat from the IOC comes after the Olympic body held an executive meeting in Pyeongchang, South Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics which set to commence this week. President Thomas Bach warned the sports' governing body AIBA that they need to sort their financial and governance issues or the sport might not see the light of the day at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Boxing has been included in all but one (1912) Olympics since first appearing 1904, although the recent conduct of the AIBA (amateur governing body) has led to the International Olympic Committee to consider whether the sport has a place in two years time.

Bach said, "There are issues surrounding to say, diplomatically, the new interim president of AIBA".

He added that just about a month or two ago, many countries anxious about the safety of the Olympics, and North Korea's Olympic participation and an inter-Korean joint team were considered impossible, but these things have become reality. They stated clearly that they could exclude boxing from both the Youth Olympic Games this year and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

"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."

But Bach said: "In all the conversations we had, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 were never put in doubt".

The London 2012 Games raised roughly $1.1 billion, while Rio de Janeiro in 2016 claimed it had slightly surpassed London, but final accounts are sketchy given investigations into corruption linked to Olympics projects in Brazil. We have been on this case of the refereeing in Rio.

The former light-welterweight world champion has just announced his return to the ring after nearly two years away from the sport.