Embattled Wu holds onto AIBA reins until after World Championships at least
Uncertainty over the governance of AIBA, boxing's governing body, is to drag on beyond the forthcoming World Championships and into next month after a Swiss court deferred a ruling on who should preside over the troubled organisation.
The Court of Lausanne, in the city in which AIBA is headquartered, has asked all parties concerned to "produce their final arguments in writing and the translations of documents by the end of August for a final decision in mid-September."
A power struggle broke out last month following an AIBA executive committee meeting in Moscow, when a so-called Interim Management Committee was set up by a group of disgruntled members, who have pursued a vote of no-confidence against president Ching-Kuo Wu. They have accused Wu’s regime of presiding over a financial crisis which they claim has taken the federation to the brink of bankruptcy, something the president vigorously denies.
Both Wu and AIBA executive director William Louis-Marie attended yesterday's hearing, with IMC represented by AIBA executive committee members Pat Fiacco, from Canada, and Terry Smith, from Wales. AIBA vice-president Franco Falcinelli, who has been leading the IMC campaign, was absent.
Last week, the IMC sent a letter to AIBA member nations regarding Louis-Marie, which read: "We hereby suspend you with immediate effect, for the sake of AIBA and its members."
However, the IMC has now withdrawn this measure.
The IMC believes it should run AIBA in place of Wu until October when an extraordinary general assembly can be held. Wu, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, insists he still has the support of the AIBA membership, and believes the October meeting will consolidate his position.
The World Championships are due to take place in Hamburg from 25 August to 2 September.