Swiss Boxing leaves the IBA to join newly-formed 'World Boxing'
Swiss Boxing leaves the IBA to join newly-formed 'World Boxing'

NEW DELHI: The World Boxing Association has declared its formation, and Swiss Boxing, the boxing association for Switzerland, has announced its decision to leave the International Boxing Association (IBA) with immediate effect.

Swiss Boxing has resigned from the IBA, citing the IOC's decision to deny the IBA the privilege to stage the boxing tournament at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, including preliminary matches.

Ten days prior to the announcement, the IBA had suspended four national federations viz, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, for taking part in a World Boxing event.

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has announced that the Swiss Boxing Association Council has opted to leave the IBA with immediate effect and join the brand-new World Boxing Association. The delegates' assembly must later approve this decision for it to take effect immediately, as per the Swiss Boxing statement.

Switzerland was one of the nations that abstained from IBA competitions earlier this year because the organisation permitted Russian and Belarusian boxers to compete.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that the IBA, formerly known as AIBA, would no longer hold the Olympic boxing competition for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, including the qualifying matches. Massive charges of corruption and ethical violations are the cause of this, the statement continued.

A group of nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom, announced the creation of a new organisation named "World Boxing" earlier this year in an effort to keep the sport on the Olympic schedule.

After the USA, Switzerland is the second National Federation to formally declare its departure from the International Boxing Association (IBA).

In April of this year, USA Boxing withdrew its 77-year membership from the IBA, prohibiting its athletes, coaches, and officials from competing in any tournaments held by the IBA and its affiliated members.

The Swiss Boxing Council's desire to immediately sever ties with the IBA was acknowledged by the IBA, though.

The International Boxing Association (IBA) confirms receipt of Swiss Boxing's resignation as of June 1, 2023 with sincere regret. The statutes of Swiss Boxing will be changed to reflect this decision at the organization's next General Assembly, the IBA stated.

In addition, the IBA claimed that Swiss Boxing had broken its Statutes by interfering with sports-related politics, notably Article 4's declaration that "Swiss Boxing is politically and denominationally neutral." Since 2019, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the IBA due to its governance and other problems. Due to this, the IOC is now directly in charge of managing boxing at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as well as the qualifying events for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Boxing's inclusion in the 2028 Summer Olympic Games is in doubt because it was initially excluded from the Los Angeles Olympics' agenda.

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