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Russia’s boxing official Umar Kremlev pledges to secure $50 mln in aid for AIBA

The member of the AIBA Executive Committee made the promise at a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday as he spoke ahead of the AIBA presidential election on December 12-13
President of the AIBA Umar Kremlev  Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS
President of the AIBA Umar Kremlev
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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Umar Kremlev, who is currently running for the post of the president of the AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association), pledged on Tuesday to attract at least $50 million for the association’s development over the next two years, if he was elected the president of AIBA in December.

"We will find $50 million in the next two years for the development of AIBA," Umar Kremlev, a member of the AIBA Executive Committee, told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday as he spoke ahead of the AIBA presidential election on December 12-13.

On November 30, 2018, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) halted all planning for the 2020 Olympic boxing competitions in Tokyo. That decision followed an investigation into activities of the International Boxing Association.

The IOC claimed at that time that the organization’s financial operations, management and ethics raised suspicions. The IOC also voiced its concern over Gafur Rakhimov’s appointment to the post of the president of AIBA, claiming the boxing official from Uzbekistan had been targeted by the US Treasury Department and was suspected of connections with an international criminal network.

The AIBA Executive Committee announced on March 23, 2019 its decision to appoint Mohamed Moustahsane of Morocco to the post of the AIBA Interim President in place of Rakhimov.

In June 2019, the IOC ruled at its 134th session in Lausanne to strip the world’s governing boxing body AIBA of its Olympic status, but made a decision to keep the sport of boxing on the program of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

However, the IOC and the IPC (the International Paralympic Committee) announced on March 24, 2020 a decision to postpone for one year the tournaments in Japan due to the continuous COVID-19 spread.

Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo-2020 Olympics Local Organizing Committee, announced on March 30, 2020 that the Summer Olympic Games in Japan next year will start on July 23 and the Summer Paralympic Games will begin on August 24.

COVID-19 pandemic

In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 43,825,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 1,165,200 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 32,206,600 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.