MOSCOW (AFP) – Controversial Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Saturday despite fears that his appointment could lead to the sport’s ejection from the Olympic Games.
Rakhimov won 86 of the 134 second-round votes in the ballot in Moscow to KO his only opponent, former boxer Serik Konakbayev of Kazakhstan.
Rakhimov, previously interim president, courted controversy after being linked to organized crime by the US Treasury Department.
He has vigorously denied the allegations telling AFP in a recent interview that he had “never been involved in transnational criminal organisations or whatever has been said about me’’.
He called his presence on the US Treasury list a “mistake’’ and hoped it would be ‘’corrected’’ within six months.
But in October the IOC froze relations with the AIBA and refused to accredit the 67-year-old for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.