IOC blames AIBA over Serbia’s refusal to let in Kosovo boxers | Boxing News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Serbia has refused to allow boxers from Kosovo to compete in the men’s World Championships in the country because the International Federation AIBA Belgrade said on Sunday that the International Olympic Committee was lacking due diligence in providing the tournament.
The Kosovo delegation said they were twice denied entry to Serbia at the border on Saturday, primarily because of national symbols on their equipment, and again later in the day, although they removed them.
Serbia, which lost control of Kosovo in 1999 after a NATO bombing, has not recognized Kosovo as a state since independence from Serbia in 2008.
The IOC said the incident was triggered by AIBA’s failure to follow the IOC’s advice when delivering a large event.
Despite the IOC repeatedly advising the international federations of such reasonable requirements, the IIBA does not appear to have applied the necessary due diligence before allocating this tournament to Belgrade.
The AIBA says it believes all athletes should have a fair chance to compete.
“AIBA’s goal is to provide a welcoming home for every boxer and the boxing world knows no boundaries,” it said on Saturday. “Sports is for the purpose of uniting people and should be free from national politics.
“AIBA World Championships is in contact with the event host of the Serbian Boxing Federation in an attempt to resolve the situation.”
The IOC has suspended AIBA in 2019, canceling any involvement in the Olympic qualifiers and the Tokyo 2020 Games tournament due to governance, finance and ethics issues.
It called for immediate and comprehensive reforms to review them to assess the status of the suspended federations.
“Therefore, this incident, which is detrimental to Kosovo’s athletes, has added serious concern to the IOC about the suspension of this suspended international federation,” the spokesman said.
The IOC officially recognized Kosovo in 2014, although it is not yet a member of the United Nations, whose membership is blocked by Russia, Serbia’s traditional ally.
Kosovo has participated in both the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics as an independent country.

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