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USA Boxing Given a Temporary ‘Stay of Execution’

As amateur boxing settled back into its ‘comfort zone’ after the remarkable 90 day suspension modification request from USA Boxing President Dr. Charles Butler to AIBA President Dr. C.K. Wu and AIBA Executive Director Ho Kim was successful, ‘business as usual’ was conducted this past weekend while there remains much work to be done.

AIBA and the USOC have given USA Boxing the equivalent of a temporary ‘stay of execution’, with demands of acceptance due in the next two weeks being a sign of just how serious the above named International and National organizations are in making sure USA Boxing is prepared to adhere to ‘new governance’ regulations.

There can be no more finger pointing, the time to unite and either be a part of the solution or be revealed as part of the problem now staring every USA Boxing member, not just their LBC President, in the face.

The AIBA enforcement demands can be read below and easily followed on the AIBA website…

USA Boxing supported in its reform 28.10.2012

Following the recent decision of the AIBA Disciplinary Commission to fully suspend USA Boxing for a period of three months, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), its President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and its Executive Committee Members have decided to support the determination of Dr Charles Butler, President of USA Boxing, to revive the sport of boxing in the United States of America.

  1. USA Boxing can maintain the management of its national boxing programs;
  2. USA boxers, coaches and referees & judges are allowed to participate in AIBA competitions through the United States Olympic Committee (USOC);
  3. At the same time, USA Boxing should develop its reform launch plan and submit it within the next two weeks to AIBA; once it is accepted by AIBA, the USA Boxing reform plan will be led by AIBA along with USA Boxing and USOC members;
  4. The USA Boxing reform plan should include the establishment of the new Articles of the Association, the new governance of USA Boxing and its new reform programs to revive the sport of boxing at all levels in the USA;
  5. In the case the USA Boxing reform plan does not proceed as requested within the suspension period, AIBA could make a decision on the future of USA Boxing membership status in AIBA.

AIBA now requests to receive the confirmation that USA Boxing will fully cooperate with the above decisions and work together with AIBA and USOC on this reform for the betterment of our sport.

The clock is ticking with the time to support fully USA Boxing President Dr. Charles Butler and USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski right now being of the utmost importance as they look to right the USA Boxing ship.

Source: Stephen Johnson, Examiner

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