Boxing is on the short list of sports that could be dropped from the Olympics according to the president of the International Olympic Committee.
Thomas Bach suggested boxing, weightlifting and the modern pentathlon are in danger of not being at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles unless big changes are made.
According to Mirror, Bach said:
“Aiba (The International Boxing Association) must demonstrate that it has successfully addressed the ongoing concerns around its governance, financial transparency and sustainability and the integrity of its refereeing and judging processes.”
“The IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) and its future leadership must demonstrate its transition towards compliance and effective change of culture. Furthermore, they must successfully address the historical incidence of doping in the sport and ensure the integrity, robustness and full independence of its anti-doping programme.
“Third, and this is very much different from weightlifting and boxing, the UIPM (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) must finalize its proposal for the replacement of horse riding and for the overall competition performance.
“They must demonstrate a significant reduction in cost and complexity and improvements across the areas of safety, accessibility, universality appeal for youth and general public.”
It appears that this decision was made in light of the recent success Olympic games have had when it comes to promoting youth-focused sports such as skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing.
“The proposed inclusion of these youth-focused sports is based on the significant contribution to the overall success of the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, their commitment to innovation and the partnership expressed by LA 28,” Bach said. “We are also recognizing the deep roots each of these three sports have in LA and in California.”