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Aiba president with alleged ‘links to heroin trade’ steps down during investigation

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Gafur Rakhimov, who will be charged with being amongst Uzbekistan’s “leading criminals” with “links into the heroin trade” by way of the US Treasury, has accessible to step aside because head of amateur boxing amid an investigation because of the International Olympic Committee.

Rakhimov’s offer to allow an interim president to look at over, for your period believed to be annually, may come as the IOC investigates governance and financial mismanagement on the International Boxing Association (Aiba). Many believe it may result in Aiba being stripped in the to organise the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020.

The Uzbek, who insists north america Treasury is wrong to brand him a criminal, said he “truly believed” that his work since taking hold of Aiba not too long ago had “revitalised and energised” the organisation. He conceded that “despite these efforts, we have seen many discussions these last few months with regards to the way forward for Olympic boxing”.

An IOC spokesperson said Rakhimov’s offer would not change anything. “This does not matter to your IOC’s inquiry whatsoever,” he added. “It just isn’t about one individual.”

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