The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has offered hope boxing could still feature on the programme at Tokyo 2020 even if Gafur Rakhimov is elected President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) against their wishes.
In a statement following an Executive Board meeting, the IOC promised boxers it would “do its upmost to ensure that the athletes do not have to suffer under these circumstances and will protect their Olympic dream”.
The IOC warned, however, that their recognition of AIBA as an International Federation was in doubt owing to the ongoing issues within the governing body.
Removing the recognition of AIBA would mean they would be not able to organise an Olympic boxing competition.
IOC Presidential spokesperson Mark Adams declined to give further details on how they would go about ensuring an Olympic boxing event is still held at Tokyo 2020 even if they sanction AIBA but insidethegames understands a new organisation could be specially established to oversee competition in the Japanese capital.