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October 10, 2018

AIBA TRYING TO STOP FORMER OLYMPIC BOXER FROM SEEKING PRESIDENCY
By Scott Shaffer

With the very real threat of having boxing dropped from the Olympics due to corruption on the part of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), a potential candidate for AIBA's presidency has filed an arbitration because AIBA will not put his name on the ballot.  AIBA is poised to to elect Gafur Rakhimov of Uzbekistan as president despite his alleged ties to organized crime. 

Serik Konakbayev, a former Olympic boxer, former member of Kazakhstan's parliament and current AIBA vice president, stepped forward to run against Rakhimov, but AIBA refused to put his name on the ballot. 

In response, Konakbayev filed an emergency arbitration with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against AIBA Election Committee's October 1st decision  in which Konakbayev’s name was left off the list of candidates for the role of AIBA President.  

The election is scheduled to take place on November 2nd and 3rd.

Konakbayev represented the USSR at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He won a silver medal in the light welterweight division after being defeated in the final by Patrizio Oliva of Italy (Oliva went on to win the WBA junior welterweight championship as a pro).

Konakbayev seeks a ruling from CAS ordering the inclusion of his name on the list of presidential candidates and ordering the publication by AIBA of the updated list on its website and notification to all AIBA Member Associations. CAS resports that an arbitration procedure has been opened and a decision on the request for provisional measures will be issued in the coming days.



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