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WBA ready to help organise Tokyo 2020 boxing competition

The involvement of professional bodies in the boxing tournament at next year’s Olympic Games appears to have moved a step closer after the World Boxing Association (WBA) revealed a desire to help organise the sport at Tokyo 2020.

In a statement released after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) had been stripped of the right to run the boxing events in the Japanese capital, the WBA said it had “offered all its experience to organise boxing at Tokyo 2020.”

It comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board decided to suspend AIBA as the Olympic governing body for the sport and established a taskforce to oversee boxing at the Games following a six-month inquiry.

International Gymnastics Federation President Morinari Watanabe has been appointed to chair the taskforce, which will also be responsible for devising a qualification system.

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