What do former boxers Muhammad Ali (74), Henry Maske (58) and Vladimir Klitschko (46) have in common?
They all became Olympic champions and thus the absolute boxing legends.
But already in the upcoming Summer Games 2024 in Paris, the cult sport is threatened by the Olympics!
In its decisions, the IOC wants to assess the latest developments in the IBA, which “will likely also include the cancellation of boxing for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris,” according to an IOC spokesperson.
reason: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Olympic Boxing Association (IBA) have been at odds for years. The International Olympic Committee on German President Thomas Bach (68) hates the decisions of the International Bar Association, which is headed by the Russian Omar Karimlev (40).
The Olympic Committee criticizes the lack of transparency in sponsorship funds and the reliance on major Russian sponsor Gazprom, which is controlled by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (70).
The IOC said: “The recent IBA congress showed once again that the professional federation has no real interest in boxing and boxers, but is only interested in its own power.”
At the beginning of December, the organizer of the Olympic Games has already confirmed that boxing will not be part of the 2028 Olympic program in Los Angeles / USA.
Many countries then want to found their own world federation to save the cult sport of the Olympics.
Because the Olympic boxing tournament has been an integral part of the world’s largest sports tournament for 118 years!
It was at the 1904 Games in St. Louis/USA that the fight took gold for the first time, and since then the Olympic Games have been the starting point for the unique career of many boxing legends. In 1960 in Rome, Muhammad Ali (at that time an amateur boxer) won the gold medal in the light heavyweight category, starting his legendary boxing career.
German Henri Maske won in 1988 in Seoul / South Korea as an athlete from East Germany in the boxing ring. Wladimir Klitschko, representing Ukraine, joined the ranks of the Olympic boxing champions in Atlanta/USA in 1996, thus beginning his successful boxing career as a professional.
One thing is for sure: only the hearts of the Olympic winners will not bleed if boxing is eliminated from the Olympics …
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