Brothers' Circle member Gafur Rakhimov heads International Boxing Association
Earlier, the IOC spoke against the candidacy of Rakhimov, known in criminal circles under the nickname Gafur Cherny, threatening to exclude boxing from the program of the Olympic Games if he was elected.
A businessman from Uzbekistan Gafur Rakhimov was elected president of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), TASS reports. Previously, Rakhimov was the acting head of the organization for 10 months, and before that, since 2006, its vice-president.
The election of the new head of AIBA was held on November 3 at the organization's congress in Moscow. Rakhimov’s candidacy was supported by 86 delegates out of 137. A Kazakhstani businessman, last Olympic medalist, head of the Asian Boxing Confederation Serik Konakbaev, also claimed the post of president of the association.
Earlier, the International Olympic Committee spoke against the candidacy of Rakhimov, in connection with the sanctions imposed on him by the US Treasury. The IOC said that if Rakhimov officially took the post, boxing could be excluded from the program of the Olympic Games.
The entrepreneur himself intends to settle relations with the IOC. He told the Sport-Express media that he intends to contact representatives of the International Olympic Committee and agree on "how not to harm boxing." Rakhimov noted that he was even ready to resign if the threat to the status of boxing at the Olympics really arises.
The IOC, which is conducting its own investigation of AIBA, will discuss the election of Rakhimov within a month at an association meeting. Other issues in its activities, such as refereeing, financing and the fight against doping, also cause serious concern to the Olympic Committee. If the results of the investigation are negative, the IOC may exclude boxing from the program of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, and all contacts with AIBA will be terminated.
Recall that in 2012, the US Department of the Treasury ranked Gafur Rakhimov among the members of a criminal organization consisting of immigrants from the USSR Brothers' Circle. Rakhimov was on a par with influential thieves in law Zakhari Kalashov, Vasily Khristoforov, Kamchibek Kolbaev, Lasha and Kakhaber Shushanashvili. Rakhimov has been known to Russian law enforcement officers since the 90s as the leader of an interregional organized criminal group, who maintained contact with the now-killed thieves in law Jap and Ded Hasan. According to the American side, Rakhimov helped thieves in law to “resolve issues” with law enforcement agencies, organized meetings, solved other problems. Rakhimov himself said that the campaign to discredit him was financed by the daughter of the former President of Uzbekistan Gulnara Karimova.
In December 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury (OFAC) included Rakhimov in the sanctions list as part of the fight against the Eurasian transnational criminal group.
Earlier, in 2013, Rakhimov was declared wanted in Uzbekistan – he was accused of extortion, using false documents and money laundering, but 5 years later, after a change of power in the country by a decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan, the search was terminated, and the government of Uzbekistan sent a statement to AIBA that the charges to the entrepreneur were unfounded. In July, Rakhimov returned to his homeland after several years of emigration.