Boxing, Weightlifting left off Olympics programme

Boxing, Weightlifting left off Olympics programme
Christine Ongare takes on Irish Magno of the Philipines in their flyweight bout at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics/ James Chance/Getty Images

Long-running issues at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), which led to the former being excluded from running the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020 and the latter's place at Paris 2024 being provisional, have led to their omission from the initial Los Angeles 2028 programme.

Boxing and weightlifting have been left off the "initial programme" for the 2028 Games, and the respective International Federations have been given until 2023 to meet certain criteria to secure their spot at the event.

Long-running issues at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), which led to the former being excluded from running the boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020 and the latter's place at Paris 2024 being provisional, have led to their omission from the initial Los Angeles 2028 programme.

Bach described AIBA and the IWF, which have consistently struggled with governance issues in recent years, as "problem children".

The IOC has left the door open for the embattled AIBA to be reinstated as the Olympic governing body for the sport in 2023, provided it adheres to a "roadmap" drawn up by the organisation on its finances, governance and refereeing and judging.

AIBA must "demonstrate it has successfully addressed the ongoing concerns around its governance, financial transparency and sustainability, and integrity of refereeing and judging process" for boxing to be included at Los Angeles 2028.

Bach warned the IWF has to show "its transition towards compliance and effective change of culture" and "must successfully address the historical incidents of doping in the sport and ensure the integrity, robustness and full independence of anti-doping" for weightlifting to feature at the 2028 Games.