Wednesday, October 24, 2012

AIBA Places Three-Month Suspension on USA Boxing!

It looks like we will see no amateur boxing either along the Beltway or anywhere else in the United States for the next three months.  AIBA, the governing body of amateur boxing worldwide, has placed USA Boxing on suspension until January 19, 2013.

The suspension means that all amateur boxing activities in the United States are immediately suspended. The suspension cancels all sanctioned competitions; coach and official clinics; boxing club activities; membership registrations; and insurance coverage.

According to the official statement, AIBA's actions are a result of USA Boxing's not acting to remove former president Hal Adonis from the board of directors after some controversial comments concerning the involvement of females in Olympic Boxing.  Adonis was removed as president of USA Boxing but remained on the board of directors.  The following comes from the AIBA's Disciplinary Committee: 

“By failing to remove Mr. Adonis from the USA Boxing Board of Directors when it had the chance to do so, USA Boxing, in essence, endorsed Mr. Adonis’ statements and sent out a message that such behavior was acceptable. The action (or lack thereof) and the very serious and harmful nature of Mr. Adonis statements, has jeopardized boxing and the Panel finds it appropriate to impose a suspension upon USA Boxing. This suspension must reflect the severity of the offence.”


Anonymous said...

what?!?! no way this can hold!!!

Anonymous said...

AIBA doesn't control USAB and they have a statement on the aiba website telling ALL federations to rebrand and stop using the word amateur as there is no more amateur boxing. AIBA has been trying to turn amateur boxing into pro boxing since the first announcement of WSB. This is a joke but USAB was wrong for letting Adonis still be involved after his crazy comments. But now the boxers suffer because no one is going to fight it, certainly not USAB. They have zero resources and do you really expect the same people who let Adonis stay to actually be competent enough to fight this legally? They are not the best decision makers and that is plainly obvious so now all the LBCs can just sit back and wait for them to bow down to AIBA and sit idle for three months.

Anonymous said...

Thats Gay As Shyt

Anonymous said...

President CK Wu


Maison du Sport International

Avenue de Rhodanie 54

Lausanne, Switzerland CH-1007

Sent Via Email

October 25, 2012

Dear President Wu,

USA Boxing has received and acknowledges the decision of the AIBA Disciplinary

Commission. USA Boxing accepts that the remarks of Mr. Hal Adonis and the vote of 34

members were a violation of principles of the Olympic movement. We deeply apologize for

those remarks.

Remarks that discriminate against large groups of our athletes based on race or gender and

associate the sport of boxing with child abuse are totally foreign to our membership. Our

members have dedicated their lives to helping the young men and women of our country get

off the streets and change their lives for the better. Many of these young men and women have

become great American Olympic and World Champions, who are ambassadors for boxing

worldwide. The membership of USA Boxing treats all athletes and members with equality and


As President of USA Boxing, for the protection of our Boxers and in fairness to our 37,000

members, judges, referees, and coaches who have dedicated their lives to this great sport, we

respectfully ask for immediate clarification and modification of the suspension to confirm that

our athletes may compete on every level and the suspension will not prohibit USA Boxing from

operating at any level.

The United States Olympic Committee has already demanded that changes be made to the

way USA Boxing is governed and run. The offense of which we are guilty is one committed by

our leadership. Please allow our leadership to accept responsibility and make it right. With

complete respect for you as the man who changed the image of AIBA from a tarnished

organization to a sport that has earned the respect of the IOC and the World, I ask you to help

the athletes and all the good members of USA Boxing to survive this time of crisis in our


On behalf the members of USA Boxing, thank you for your consideration and your help. We

respectfully await your response.

Respectfully submitted,

Charles F Butler

President of USA Boxing

CC: Mr. Ho Kim, Executive Director of AIBA

USA Boxing Board of Directors

Mr. Anthony Bartkowski, Executive Director USA boxing

USA Boxing LBC Presidents, Committees, Taskforces and Members

Mr. Scott Blackmun, CEO, U.S. Olympic Committee

Mr. Alan Ashley, Chief Sport Performance, U.S. Olympic Committee

ACW said...


Anonymous said...

The whole damn thing is a bunch of horseshit.
Who needs any of the organizations? This country is regulated enough.
Fuck the bunch of them.
Lets do it Han Kim style.