Boxing suffers blow with IOC warning

Boxing is in threat of being knocked out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body. The body also said concerns linger over possible match-fixing at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

The IOC's executive board has also frozen financial payments to the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). The interim president of boxing's governing body has been named as a leading criminal by the US Treasury Department.

AIBA will have to deliver a further report by April 30th after the board said "it is not satisfied" with its report about its governance, refereeing and anti-doping issues.

"The IOC reserves the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020," a statement said.

At the start of the week, AIBA responded with a statement that insisted it had fulfilled "the IOC's request to submit a Progress Report". The statement read, "This decision is extremely disappointing for AIBA as it hoped the IOC Executive Board would have understood that the processes necessary to implement even more measures require more time."

AIBA was asked by the IOC president Thomas Bach to provide more information about accusations of match fixing at the 2016 Olympic Games, where a group of officials were sent home following a number of controversial decisions.

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