With boxing in danger of being cut from the Olympics, a Russian official has offered pay $16 million to keep what he calls his “favorite sport” in the Summer Games.
Umar Kremlev, who serves as secretary-general for boxing in Russia, made the offer in a letter to the International Olympic Committee on Thursday.
“Boxing is one of the oldest Olympic sports,” he wrote, adding: “I am ready to begin negotiations as soon as possible.”
The money from Kremlev, who has described himself as a former promoter, would go toward steadying the international boxing federation, or AIBA, which faces a sizable debt along with other troubling issues.
The IOC has launched in inquiry that is expected to conclude in late May, at which point the organization could decide to drop boxing from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or, perhaps, continue without AIBA’s involvement.
IOC members might eventually vote to decertify AIBA.
Kremlev, who is both a national official and an AIBA member, wrote: “Our main goal is to continue the successful development of boxing to save its rightful place in the Olympic movement.”
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