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My name is Roy Jones Jr. You know me as a successful professional boxer, but I am also a Silver Olympic medalist. I could have written “Olympic Champion”, and I still believe I am, but the biased decision deprived me of a desirable title in 1988, and it has never been acknowledged.
I cannot remain silent when boxing is not represented in the LA 2028 initial programme. To exclude boxing from the Olympic Games would be nonsense, it would be no less than committing a crime. The IOC threatens us that the future of boxing at the Olympic Games is in jeopardy, because of their relationships with the IBA.
However, we all are aware of who destroyed it. His name is C.K. Wu, he was AIBA President for many years, as well as an IOC member back then. Ask yourself how he managed to hide corruption in boxing, which existence is proven by independent experts.
Recently, the IBA Congress has democratically voted in front of the whole world for the current leadership. This was a clear signal that national federations support the direction where IBA moves. Nobody can give any recommendations to Congress; national federations know better what leader they need. Moreover, we shouldn’t differentiate people by their nationalities. Some said that “boxing committed suicide”, but, in fact, this is a huge mistake to call it suicide because our sport was simply killed way before!
Those murderers are set free, nobody pled guilty. The independent investigation showed that many people were involved in wrongdoings, including the former IOC member C.K. Wu, who led AIBA to the collapse; the organization was nearly bankrupt and on the edge of non-existence.
It is unacceptable to blame IBA and its current leadership, who gave boxing a hand in the toughest moment in its history. Ask yourself whether they did something, at least a tiny bit, wrong. I am really happy that today IBA is fighting for justice. In fact, the new IBA doesn’t like empty talks, but actions. The work carried out in little less than 2 years is tremendous, and we all have been able to witness it.
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