AIBA President Gafur Rakhimov assures that he established contact with IOC Inquiry Committee
Earlier, the International Olympic Committee opposed the candidacy of Rakhimov, who is known in criminal circles under the nickname Gafur Chorny, and threatened to exclude boxing from the program of the Olympic Games if he was elected president.
The businessman from Uzbekistan, Gafur Rakhimov, who has become the head of the International Association of Boxing Fans (AIBA) in November, delivered a pre-New Year address to boxing fans.
“I can assure you that the management and staff of AIBA are now committed to the sport more than ever. We will continue to work as we did in the past year. I am approaching the upcoming Olympics very responsively, and therefore I have already established contact with Ed Hawk from the IOC Inquiry Committee,” Rakhimov said in his address.
He also noted that he was discussing the following steps with IOC officials and that he wanted to make the investigation into the AIBA cases open to the public. Rakhimov also assured that the boxing association is committed to transparency in relations with Olympic partners.
Recall that the former member of the Brothers' Circle, again included in the US sanctions list in 2017, in November 2018 was elected president of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). Earlier the IOC Executive Committee actively objected against the candidacy of Rakhimov, who has a reputation of a criminal authority, threatening to exclude boxing from the program of the Olympic Games if he was elected. At the end of November in connection with the investigation into AIBA, the IOC froze plans to hold a boxing tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Games, suspending the sale of tickets, and temporarily stopped all contacts between AIBA and the organizing committee of the Olympic Games.