Bach opens IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach opened the first day of the IOC’s Executive Board meeting in Tokyo on Friday (November 30).
Bach and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda delivered brief comments to the assembled board before the start of the two-day meeting.
On Friday, there is due to be a report delivered by the World Anti-doping Agency as well as a progress report on preparations for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
The future of boxing as an Olympic sport is also likely to be on the agenda, following the controversial election of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rahimov as the head of boxing’s international federation AIBA.
Rahimov, who is on a U.S. sanctions list, was elected in November despite the IOC’s reservations and with boxing’s future as an Olympic sport already in jeopardy, thanks to ongoing issues with AIBA’s finances and governance.
The IOC has previously criticized AIBA, the worldwide governing body for amateur boxing, for its decision to place Rahimov at the helm in January as interim president.
IOC Spokesman Mark Adams will give a news conference following the first day of the meeting