World Boxing to seek International Olympic Committee recognition. WB

The body, which was established in 2023, said in a statement: "We want to fill the void left by the IOC's exclusion of the IBA as the governing body of boxing. World Boxing's response to the IOC's comments last Tuesday about the need for a new body "to keep boxing in the Olympic programme."

"World Boxing will seek recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)," the organisation said in a statement. The body, which was created in 2023 and held its first congress last December, expressed its desire to be recognised by the IOC this Wednesday. This followed the IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne and the subsequent press conference. 

At the aforementioned public event on 19 March, IOC Sport Director Kit MacConnell stated that without a new body "working in partnership with the IOC, we will not be able to have boxing in the programme for LA2028". 

World Boxing's aim, as expressed in a statement, is to occupy that space. "If the IOC chooses to engage with us, we are committed to working constructively and collaboratively with national federations and all stakeholders to develop a way forward that preserves boxing's place in the Olympic programme at Los Angeles 2028 and beyond."

The world of boxing has expressed its wishes at this week's IOC conference in Lausanne. WB
The world of boxing has expressed its wishes at this week's IOC conference in Lausanne. WB

The World Boxing Collective reiterated that the IOC's words "send a clear message to boxing's national federations that they must immediately join and support a new international federation if boxing is to remain in the Olympic programme". In its statement, World Boxing insists that it was "created with the primary objective of keeping boxing at the heart of the Olympic Movement."

The collective concludes by calling on all parties involved in boxing to "join and support World Boxing and work with us to ensure that boxing remains at the heart of the Olympic Movement."

The IOC is responsible for the administration of boxing from April 2023 and it has decided to exclude the International Boxing Association (IBA) from the administration. The IBA has appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which has yet to rule on the matter.

The future of Olympic boxing remains uncertain. IOC
The future of Olympic boxing remains uncertain. IOC

The IBA also reacted to the content of last Wednesday's IOC conference, maintaining its stance and calling on the IOC to "reflect and understand its continuing mistakes and draw the appropriate conclusions. The IOC is once again trying to destroy the sports family and is violating all the rules of clear democracy and transparency." 

Following the IOC's comments, the IBA insisted that it had "no alternative as the governing body" and openly criticised the IOC for "interfering in the affairs of the IBA and other international sports federations". Ultimately, the IBA said: "Rightly, the courts will decide the fate of this group." 

For the time being, there seems to be no solution, while boxing remains in a state of emergency. The supposed solution lies with the CAS and after the Paris Olympics in 2024, a period of uncertainty will begin. The near future of boxing within the Olympic programme will depend on the CAS ruling.