IBA boxing organization will also allow fighters from Russia and Belarus to use their national flag and anthem
The International Boxing Association (IBA) has voted to overturn the ban imposed on boxers from Russia and Belarus, the organization has announced.
The IBA, which governs amateur boxing, joined many international sports federations in imposing sanctions on sportsmen from Russia and Belarus after the Russian start.‘s Ukraine military operation earlier this year.
However, the IBA said on Wednesday it had lifted the suspension, adding that it believed politics and sport should not be mixed.
He also said that boxers from both countries will have full rights to compete under their own national flags and anthems.
“The IBA Board has voted to reverse its previous decision and allow boxers from Russia and Belarus to participate in IBA events with immediate effect.read a statement posted on the IBA’s official website.
“The IBA strongly believes that politics should have no influence on sport. Therefore, all athletes should enjoy equal conditions.
“While respecting its own autonomy as an international sports federation, the IBA must remain politically neutral and independent.
“IBA calls for peace and remains a peacemaker in all conflicts. In addition, the IBA has an obligation to ensure equal treatment of athletes and competition officials, regardless of their nationality and residence.
“According to the decision, the technical officials of Russia and Belarus will also return to the competitions.”
The change in approach follows a March 4 statement from the IBA in which it said it would adopt International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendations to restrict the rights of boxers from Russia and Belarus, as well as the technical staff from these countries.
He wrote at the time: “IBA is fully committed to placing sport at the service of the peaceful development of humanity. In line with these commitments, the IBA Board has also offered its full support for measures to help Ukrainian boxers.”
But there seemed to be an indication of a change in policy to come at the end of September when IBA President Umar Kremlev, who is a Russian national, said the “the time had come” for Russians and Belarusians to compete again under their own flags at international events.
“The time has now come to allow all other athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in all official competitions of their sports representing their countries.,” Kremlev said last month.
“The IOC and the International Federations must protect all athletes, and there should be no discrimination based on nationality.
“It is our common duty to keep sports and athletes out of politics.
“The IBA and I are personally ready to follow such a joint initiative, and I call on everyone to rise to the occasion and keep our athletes out of politics..”
Kremlev’s statement in September came days after he was backed in a leadership challenge at the IBA’s Extraordinary Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, where IBA members voted against holding a new election. presidential.