The four conclusions from the committee, chaired by IOC Executive Board member Nenad Lalović, will not come as a surprise to anyone and merely confirms the presence of issues which have existed for years and under previous Presidents.
Yet it is difficult to escape the view that the IOC has made an example of AIBA.
There are undoubtedly other federations whose problems are worse, and which hardly display the epitome of good governance, but these have so far escaped the wrath of the IOC. For now.
AIBA claims it is the victim of a revenge plot from the IOC for the way it treated CK Wu, a view strengthened by the fact he is largely exonerated by the report, save for a line which asks IOC chief ethics and compliance officer Pâquerette Girard Zappelli to “evaluate any information” on the Taiwanese official which has been made available to the Inquiry Committee.
Perhaps the most fitting line to summarise AIBA is one of the first, which highlights how the group conducted its “own research in the public domain” – suggesting the organisation’s problems were not too difficult to find.
After all, it is self-destruction, rather than mass destruction, which has plunged the future of AIBA into doubt.
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