AIBA, the governing body for boxing at the Olympic Games, today lifted its provisional ban on the Amateur Boxing Association of England, but said the organisation was continuing to commit "significant violations" of statutes and gave it one month to adopt reform measures.
Although a fine of SFr5,000 ($5,328) has been imposed on the ABAE, that fine will be waived if ABAE "makes a public statement confirming that it (i) failed to comply with the AIBA Statutes, Bylaws and Rules and (ii) it will adopt the required amendments to its articles of association and bylaws."
The ABAE was provisionally suspended on July 18, pending a disciplinary case, for what AIBA described as “serious breaches” of its statutes and bylaws, including banning boxers who had competed in the World Series of Boxing, the annual franchise-based team competition backed by AIBA, from taking part in the English National Championships.
The AIBA disciplinary commission today ruled that the ABAE "committed and continues to commit significant violations" of the AIBA statutes and bylaws.
It found that the decision to ban English WSB boxers from competing in the ABAE National Championships was "directly contrary to AIBA's competitions rules", and that there was "not a shred of evidence" to back the claim that allowing WSB boxers to participate would be medically unsafe.
The ABAE has been given until October 8 to establish a compliance committee to recommend governance changes that will bring the association into line with AIBA's regulations.
The ABAE was also warned to keep all governance and operations "at arms-length away from Sport England", the sports and administration body responsible for grassroots, in order to "maintain the necessary autonomy."
Following the lifting of the ban, the ABAE and its boxers are now free to compete in AIBA events, although AIBA had ruled late last month that English boxers would not be punished for the association's failings, and would be able to participate at the Junior World Boxing Championships in Kiev, Ukraine this month and at the World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan in October.