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WBC threatens to sue IOC, AIBA

WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The IOC president, Mr. Jacques Rogge, has not answered my very respectful request to know if the IOC supports AIBA’s attempts to impose monopoly, restraint of trade, and violation of the sovereignty of the nations by the exclusive rules being imposed on the sport of boxing by AIBA. The response allegedly sent by the IOC on the 12th of April is false, and no letter of response has actually been received by the WBC.

The president of AIBA, Mr. Ching-Kuo Wu, sent to all its affiliated national federations a letter where he claims that IOC president Mr. Rogge recognizes only AIBA and its absolute control over Olympic boxing, which would be a monopoly by having only professional boxers under contract with AIBA compete at the Olympic Games.

Monopoly is a violation of the antitrust laws in most countries of the world. This restraint of trade would take away the same right and opportunities from boxers with the same qualifications as AIBA’s boxers.

The dictatorial imposition of AIBA’s rules to be implemented to regulate the sport at the national federations is a violation of the sovereignty of each country, and a lack of respect to all nations of the world and their sports ministers as well as to all boxing commissions.

In addition to all of the above, documents are in the hands of the WBC that show that AIBA is seeking 165 million Swiss francs in an offer to about 12 franchises to finance AIBA to promote professional boxing in no more than 8 specific countries. The proposal openly states its monopolistic intent to “Leverage political power of AIBA as the governing body and sole access to the Olympic Games.”

The proposal allegedly presents Golden Boy Promotions as a joint venture and further a vendor of its ownership and endorsement of all its WBC and other world champions to AIBA, after which all WBC champions would have to step down from the WBC and join AIBA, getting away from the present professional boxing system. I met personally with the CEO of Golden Boy, Mr. Richard Schaefer, who absolutely rejected any claim to having agreed to any deal with AIBA.

The WBC would ask Mr. Rogge to observe the for-profit AIBA that would be based on wealthy investors, promoting in wealthy countries, while discriminating and seriously damaging the basis and foundations of world sports in third world and developing countries, where there is no or little professional boxing, which are most of the countries in the world.

The WBC is respectfully, once again, asking the president of the IOC to respond if it is behind AIBA in all those actions. It is the IOC and not AIBA which will accept or reject athletes participating at the Olympic Games. The WBC expects only amateurs to participate in them. If professionals will be accepted, we request the absolute respect to opportunities to all, regardless of institutions, race, religion or nationality. The WBC wants nothing else.

If there is no answer, respectable Mr. Rogge, the IOC, and AIBA may together force legal proceedings not only from the WBC, but from those who feel damaged and all those who oppose monopoly in the world.

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