“The IOC must remove all sanctions and stop doing stupid things” – Kremlev, IBA President

“The IOC must remove all sanctions and stop doing stupid things” – Kremlev, IBA President

Director of the International Boxing Association (IBA) Oumar Kremlev During a meeting with journalists at the press centre, he said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should lift all sanctions against the IBA.

On Tuesday, it emerged that the IBA had filed an appeal with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court against the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision upholding the IOC’s decision to withdraw recognition of the IBA as the legitimate governing body of boxing. In July 2023, the IBA was stripped of recognition by the IOC. The organization’s exclusion from the Olympic movement was subsequently upheld by CAS.

— There are four recognized organizations in professional boxing. Can we say that IBA becomes the fifth among professionals?

– We recognize them. We are the only boxing organization supported by 204 countries. And the WBA and others are a professional platform where they make money. We recognized ourselves. Why do we need more recognition? We follow this path to unite everyone. We communicate with all professional organizations. I also spoke to the WBC so that they stop fooling around. You see, three organizations heard this (WBA, IBF, WBO). I think the fourth will hear it too. Here Arthur Beterbiev glorifies the WBC, among others…

The IOC must lift all sanctions. And stop being stupid. Everything the IOC earns must be given to the athletes. Then the athletes will dream of becoming Olympic champions,” Kremlev said.

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