Olympic Committee halts 2020 boxing tournament planning

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – The International Olympic Committee put on hold planning for the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament and initiated an inquiry into its governing body International Boxing Association (AIBA).

"The IOC Executive Board makes all efforts to protect the athletes and ensure that a boxing tournament can take place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 regardless of these measures," the committee said in a statement.

The inquiry can lead to the withdrawal of recognition for AIBA, it warned, citing concerns over governance, ethics and financial management of the association.

The committee also suspended financial payments to AIBA, including ticket sales.