AIBA issues three-year ban to head of African confederation
AIBA, the international boxing federation, has banned vice-president Kelani Bayor of Togo for three years for violations of its disciplinary code at this year’s AFBC African Boxing Championships in Brazzaville, Congo.
Bayor is the president of the AFBC, the African boxing confederation, and a member of the AIBA executive committee, as well as the chairman of the national Olympic committee of Togo.
Meanwhile, Fecoboxe, the Congolese boxing federation, has been banned from organising any AIBA competitions for two years.
The rulings by the AIBA disciplinary commission followed an investigation into disturbances at the championships on 25 June.
In a statement, the federation said: “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor, who committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code.
“The intimidation felt by AIBA officials as a result of insufficient security planning from Fecoboxe, their inadequate response to the situation and Mr Bayor’s own actions, was fully outlined in the Tournament Supervisor’s written report.”
The official has been suspended from all boxing activities, duties and responsibilities for a three-year period, with the disciplinary commission stressing that its decision is final and not subject to appeal.