GENEVA (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport declined to stop the delayed International Boxing Association presidential election on Friday, a day after the challenger was ruled ineligible.
The court denied Dutch boxing federation president Boris van der Vorst’s request for an urgent ruling to block the vote, according to a ruling seen by The Associated Press.
Van der Vorst was due to run against Umar Kremlev, the incumbent president of Russia, in elections scheduled for Friday in Istanbul. The Dutch candidate was removed from office on Thursday by an independent audit committee after an investigation into complaints of “prohibited collaboration” with officials running for other IBA posts.
Kremlev is now expected to be re-elected unopposed on Saturday and earn a four-year term. His main task will be to try to keep boxing in the Olympics.
The IBA was stripped of its recognition by the International Olympic Committee ahead of last year’s Tokyo Games and boxing was dropped from the original sports program for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
The IOC has long criticized the boxing body for its governance, finances and fighting integrity at championships, including at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
Election uncertainty has not helped the IBA win over a skeptical IOC, which is also unhappy with bids to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The IOC has questioned the financial viability of the IBA, which currently appears to rely entirely on state-backed Russian energy company Gazprom.
Kremlev was able to seek re-election despite the ban on Russian athletes and teams from competing internationally and staging events in most Olympic sports due to the country’s war in Ukraine.
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