Just hours after an AIBA-imposed suspension of all USA Boxing activities, the suspension has been lifted, allowing amateur boxing activities to proceed. This announcement came after a letter by the current president of USA Boxing, Dr. Charles Butler, to the administration of AIBA, the international governing body of amateur boxing. The following is the letter to all representatives of USA Boxing announcing the lifting of the suspension:
Dear Friends in Boxing,
I have just spoken with Mr. Ho Kim, Executive Director of AIBA. Mr. Kim
has communicated with Dr. CK Wu over USA Boxing's letter, sent by me
earlier today, on the sanctions imposed against USA Boxing by AIBA
Mr. Kim stated that both he and Dr. Wu are fully supportive of the
athletes, coaches, and membership of USA Boxing, and we are pleased to
report that all boxing activity, at all levels, is free to proceed. We
have also received confirmation from our insurance carrier that USA
Boxing's coverage remains in effect.
Notwithstanding Dr. Wu's and Mr. Kim's support of USA Boxing and its
membership, AIBA and the USOC remain extremely concerned about USA
Boxing's governance. The USA Boxing Board of Directors has previously
agreed, in principle, to a governance restructure. As your president, I
am fully committed to addressing our governance issues. Dr. Wu and Mr.
Kim have asked me to express their high regard for the membership of USA
Boxing, and they also request the support of all members in the
reorganization process that will make us a model for the world. Now is
the time for all members to rally and support organizational change for
the betterment of Olympic style boxing.
It is obvious that the reputation of our members and the good they have
done through the years is what will see USA Boxing through. You have
given your time to our athletes without prejudice. You have aided all
who come through our doors. Boxing is good to go!!!
Yours in boxing,