IABA notes IOC decision to remove recognition from IBA.

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association notes the decision today by the International Olympic Committee to remove recognition from boxing’s world governing body, the IBA.

The IABA took the decision not to contest either IBA World Championships this year over concerns about the IBA’s activities and practices.

Removal of IOC recognition today follows suspension of the IBA in 2019. As a consequence, the IBA did not operate boxing in Tokyo and will not operate boxing at Paris. Boxing is not among the sports currently included for the 2028 Olympics in LA.

It is imperative that boxing remains on the Olympic programme, post Paris, given that our sport is Ireland’s most successful Olympic sport.

IABA’s Board of Directors and Central Council Officer Board will hold a joint meeting early next week to discuss the IOC’s decision and its implications for boxing, for Irish boxing, and for IABA member clubs. After that meeting, both bodies will revert to clubs to engage with them on the path ahead.