Ever since Gafur Rakhimov took over the presidency of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the sport of boxing is at loggerheads with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In the latest developments, AIBA has received a list of questions from the Inquiry Committee debating the sport's future in Olympics. Auditing company Deloitte has forwarded the questions to the crisis-hit body with AIBA's place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games remaining under threat.
The Inquiry Committee was formed in November by the IOC as a result of the ongoing issues with AIBA's governance, financial management and the integrity of its competitions.
AIBA has promised to respond to Deloitte's questions, despite describing a deadline of February 21 as "tight". The questions have been raised in regards to finances but governance, ethics, refereeing, judging, and anti-doping have also been covered.
Nenad Lalovic, who is an IOC Executive Board member, is heading the Inquiry Committee.
The IOC has said that they hope to hold a boxing tournament in Tokyo but this could go ahead without AIBA's involvement. AIBA has regularly claimed that it is improving and has pledged a new audit to prove healthier finances.
AIBA have raised concerns over the speed of the process, with the qualification system for the potential boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020 not yet decided.
IOC officials are hopeful final confirmation of whether there will be an Olympic boxing competition at Tokyo 2020 and who will organize it, will be determined at their Session in Lausanne in June.
Whether Boxing makes it to 2020 Tokyo Olympics or not, one thing is for sure that future of thousands of boxers not only in India but around the globe is in the doldrums.
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