The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has named Mohamed Moustahsane as interim president in an initiative to convince the International Olympic Committee that it should retain its Olympic status.
In a brief statement, Aiba said: “Dr Moustahsane replaces Mr Gafur Rahimov who has chosen to step aside pending resolution of some political issues. Dr Moustahsane will assume the position of Aiba interim president effective immediately.”
“Dr Moustahsane replaces Mr Gafur Rahimov who has chosen to step aside pending resolution of some political issues. Dr Moustahsane will assume the position of AIBA Interim President effective immediately.”
The Moroccan official, an Aiba vice-president and head of the African Boxing Confederation, has been appointed following the announcement on March 22 that Gafur Rakhimov would step aside as president amid the IOC’s ongoing probe into the body’s governance crisis and concerns over the Uzbek official’s suitability to lead.
Earlier an Aiba executive member from Russia, Umar Kremlev had offered to write off the organization’s $16m debt if the sport were guaranteed a place at next year’s Olympic Games.
The IOC last week had concluded a three-day meeting of its Executive Board, after which it issued a brief statement on the Aiba situation. The IOC said its ad-hoc Inquiry Committee had delivered an interim report and it is hoped a final report will be ready for the next Executive Board meeting in May.