Boxing organization the IBA will permit boxers from Russia and Belarus to compete at international events
The International Boxing Association (IBA) has voted to reverse a ban imposed on boxers from Russia and Belarus, the organization has announced.
The IBA joined numerous international sporting federations in imposing sanctions on sportspeople from both Russia and Belarus following the beginning of Russia’s military operation Ukraine earlier this year.
However, the IBA stated on Wednesday that it has reversed the suspension, adding that it believed politics and sport should not be mixed.
It also stated that boxers from both countries will be fully entitled to compete under their own national flags and anthems.
“IBA Board of Directors voted in favor to cancel its previous decision and allow boxers of Russia and Belarus to compete at the IBA events with immediate effect,” read a statement published on the IBA’s official website.
“The IBA strongly believes that politics shouldn’t have any influence on sports. Hence, all athletes should be given equal conditions.
“Respecting its own autonomy as the international sports federation, the IBA shall remain politically neutral and independent.
“IBA calls for peace and remains a peacemaker in any conflicts. Moreover, the IBA has obligation to ensure equal treatment towards the athletes and competition officials, regardless of their nationality and residence.
“According to the decision, the technical officials of Russia and Belarus will also be back in the competitions.”
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