IOC Board Meeting : Weightlifting, Boxing place in Paris 2024 Olympics under threat due to ‘governance issues’

The sport of Weightlifting and Boxing can lose their places in the Paris Olympics 2024 if the governance issues are not sorted soon. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has raised ‘strong concerns’ about the governance of both International Weightlifting Federation and International Boxing Association (AIBA).

According to IOC President Thomas Bach, “We have strong concerns about the lack of progress, with regards to the reforms of the IWF

“I can summarize that we are also very worried about the lack of progress with regard to the governance reforms of AIBA.

“We will also advise them that we reserve the right, if need be, to take further measures, which are including but not limited to a review of the place of weightlifting on the programme of Paris 2024.”

IOC Board Meeting : Thomas Bach says, Weightlifting place at the 2024 Paris Olympics in doubt

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach threatened weightlifting’s place at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris after he revealed “strong concerns” about the governance of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Bach made the comments during a virtual press conference following an IOC Executive Board meeting.

The Executive Board discussed the IWF as part of its ongoing monitoring process, looking at the areas of anti-doping and governance in particular.

With regard to governance, we have strong concerns,” Bach said.

“We have strong concerns about the lack of progress, with regards to the reforms of the IWF Constitution, and about the lack of acceptance of independent advice in this procedure.

“Another point of concern with regards to governance was the representation of athletes within the Federation, which definitely needs to be strengthened.

“We will communicate these concerns to the IWF and we will advise them at the same time that we are currently reviewing the event programme and the quota places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“We will also advise them that we reserve the right, if need be, to take further measures, which are including but not limited to a review of the place of weightlifting on the programme of Paris 2024.”

IOC Board Meeting : IOC also ‘very worried’ about lack of progress on governance reforms by AIBA

The IOC has warned it is “very worried” about the lack of progress made by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on governance reforms.

The IOC suspended recognition of AIBA last May following long-standing concerns regarding finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging.

An IOC monitoring group, led by United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic, has continued to report back to the organisation since on progress made by AIBA.

Governance reforms are considered key to the crisis-hit governing body being restored prior to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with an IOC Boxing Task Force overseeing preparations for Tokyo 2020.

IOC President Thomas Bach admitted the Executive Committee remained concerned with the lack of progress made by AIBA over the reform process.

“We have received the report of the monitoring group,” he said.

“I can summarise that we are very worried about the lack of progress with regard to the governance reforms of AIBA.

“There is talk of Presidential elections.

“But we do not see any progress about these governance reforms which are very important.”