IOC’s suspension of AIBA support worries BoBA

  • But preps for Commonwealth Games will not be affected

Sports Reporter

The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to suspend grants to the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) will affect local boxing negatively, the President of Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA), Thuso Patlakwe, has said.

Addressing affiliates during the BoBA ordinary general meeting recently, Patlakwe noted that the funds suspension was a challenging moment for them.

“At present we are all going through a challenging period of leadership uncertainty in the AIBA,” he said. “Former AIBA President CK Wu resigned on November 20, 2017. Following that resignation, the IOC Executive Board made a decision to suspend IOC grants to AIBA until it submits a plan to address its governance and financial issues.”

Patlakwe complained that BoBA would be affected by a decision which was not of its own making. Even so, BoBA and the region were putting pressure on AIBA management to resolve the ongoing issues quickly.

Earlier this month the CEO of Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), Tuelo Serufho, shared similar sentiments, saying the decision might dent Botswana’s medal chances at international competitions. “We are very saddened by the development as boxing is one of our strong contenders for medals at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, amongst other major games,” Serufho said.

But he added that the suspension of funds would not affect BoBA’s ongoing preparations for the Commonwealth Games. “Luckily for the Commonwealth Games, the funding that we got is from the Government of Botswana and the Commonwealth Games Federation,” he said. “We will only be affected when we prepare for the African Youth Games which are coming in July and the Youth Olympics in October.”

He said the IOC issues of governance, officiating and corruption amongst others at AIBA, for suspending its funding. “They have recently written to advise us as NOCs that we stop spending money from them in boxing with immediate effect,” he noted. “We are only allowed to complete projects which have been ongoing.”