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BNOC freezes Boxing Association funds

Publishing Date : 13 March, 2018


Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) is at the receiving end of a harsh decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stop making payments to the infightings riven Association of International Boxing (AIBA).

WeekendSport has learnt that IOC has also directed the Botswana National Olympic Commission (BNSC) to freeze BoBA accounts. A statement by the Olympic body states that, “The IOC Executive Board (EB) suspends any financial payments to AIBA, including directly boxing-related payments scheduled by Olympic Solidarity. The IOC is freezing all contacts with AIBA, except the ones on the working level which are necessary to implement the respective IOC decisions.”   

Despite the BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho maintaining that the sanction did not suggest that BoBA is implicated in the muddy acts, the boxing fraternity has already been affected. “We get money from IOC to assist national federations and boxing is one of them, there are courses like sport administration and we are constrained to include boxing members as they are still banned, we assist them on several programmes and IOC scholarships. Unfortunately we were told to stop the funding,” Serufho said.

IOC in a confidential letter to BNOC directed the commission to stop programmes which are still on the pipeline and assist in those which were already running by the time sanctions were imposed. “We allocated money for talent identification and Youth Olympics which now we had to stop,” he added. The Youth Olympics will be held in Argentina in October and this is expected to affect the code which is rising from slumber.

BoBA president Dr Thato Patlakwe who says BNOC is yet to alert them about the development has admitted this will affect them. “This means we would not be rolled in the management courses which means will suffer on those regards. Further our young boxers would be hard hit by this especially going for Youth Olympics.”

As it stands the talented local pugilist are still in jeopardy as a dark cloud of uncertainty is hovering above their heads regarding the presence at both Youth Olympics and the 2020 Olympics. “The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” the statement categorically stated.

The IOC (EB) says it is not satisfied with the report prepared by AIBA on its governance, finance, refereeing and anti-doping issues. The IOC EB confirmed the opening of an investigation into the governance of AIBA by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.
The IOC’s decision will be influenced by an expected report by AIBA by 30 April 2018.



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