Boxing could be banned from 2020 Olympics given US sanctions over Gafur Rakhimov’s support of Russian mafia
The International Olympic Committee has a few questions regarding the finances to the interim president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Boxing could face exclusion from the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo. The International Olympic Committee has a few questions to Gafur Rakhimov, the interim president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), stated Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) speaking at a press conference in Korean Pyeongchang. He added that boxing could also be knocked out of 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
According to Bach, the IOC Executive Committee has initiated an investigation into the International Boxing Association (AIBA), suspended contracts and stopped Olympic Solidarity payments.
In early November 2017, the AIBA Executive Board suspended AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu. There had been a number of discipline issues, including financial embezzlement. Ching-Kuo Wu resigned after 11 years of service. However, the IOC was just as dissatisfied with Gafur Rakhimov, an entrepreneur from Uzbekistan who replaced Ching-Kuo Wu.
The International Olympic Committee demanded that AIBA report on the issues they found controversial, but were not fully satisfied by their first report in December. IOC found the explanations unconvincing and ordered a new report by April 30.
Gafur Rakhimov is known as Gafur Cherny (Gafur the Black) in the criminal world. He was appointed acting head of AIBA in late January 2018. A month earlier, the US Treasury had added him and Ruben Tatulyan (Robson) and Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (Taivanchik), Russian businessmen, in the sanctions list along with 10 thieves in law: Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres), Kamchybek Kolbaev (Kamchi Bishkeksky), Yury Pichugin (Pichuga), Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik), Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky) and Vladislav Leontiev (Vadik Bely). Americans are forbidden to deal with them; all assets of the thieves in law and the entrepreneurs must be blocked in the US.
Rakhimov has been on the black list of the United States before, as a Brothers' Circle member. In the US he has acquired a reputation of the leader of Uzbek organized crime mainly dealing in the international drug trade.
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