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Barred rival to boxing chief Rakhimov launches appeal

AFP  |  Buenos Aires 

The only rival to Gafur for the presidency of world said Monday he had appealed to the Court of for Sport against the AIBA's decision to bar him from the election.

The Association (AIBA) disqualified former Kazakh because he failed to submit the required nomination forms from 20 federations by the September 23 deadline.

is therefore the only candidate eligible for the election on November 3 and under the AIBA constitution he would be elected by acclaim.

The (IOC) said last week it was "freezing contacts" with AIBA. Without naming Rakhimov, it expressed concerns with the AIBA election process and has threatened to remove from

has denied claims that he is linked to "transnational criminal organisations".

Konakbayev argues that his nomination forms should have been accepted because they arrived at the in the Swiss city of on September 24, a Monday.

He says that according to Swiss law, Monday should be accepted rather than September 23, which was a Sunday and so not a working day.

"I am extremely surprised not to be included in the final list of presidential candidates, and believe it is in the best interest of our sport to have a contested election so that AIBA's member federations can choose the leader that they want on 3 November," Konakbayev said in a statement.

Rakhimov told AFP in an interview last week that the allegations against him were "false" and claimed he had been framed by his political enemies in

"The truth is that I, of course, have never been involved in transnational criminal organisations," he said.

In a further development Monday, the 25 European boxing federations met in to discuss the upcoming AIBA meeting and the "threat of expulsion from the Olympics".

The federations, in a joint statement entitled "Twenty-five European boxing federations meet to save Olympic boxing", "called on AIBA to ensure an open, fair and transparent election process, overseen by the IOC, during the congress, and enact good governance procedures that reflect the best traditions of the sport of Olympic-style boxing and ensures that's where we remain".

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 09:40 IST
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