IOC questions allegations of corruption in Olympic taekwondo and boxing

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The International Olympic Committee has questioned the veracity of claims by a former top boxing and taekwondo official about widespread bribery and corruption within the movement.

In a series of interviews with The temperature, Ho Kim has accused the IOC of complicity in elevating CK Wu to the post of president of the AIBA, now renamed the International Boxing Association (IBA). Kim served under Wu as AIBA executive director for eight years until his dismissal in 2015.

Kim also claimed to have facilitated the delivery of money and cars to IOC members to ensure taekwondo was accepted as an Olympic sport in 2000, through his role as head of marketing and public relations at the World Taekwondo Federation. (WTF).

The IOC described Kim as a long-time ‘persona non grata’ within the movement and confirmed that the South Korean official had not contacted the IOC’s Ethics Commission or its Integrity and Compliance Hotline. , with his accusations.

The IOC said in a statement: “The International Boxing Association (AIBA), as it was known at the time, fired Mr. Ho Kim in June 2015. Throughout this time, even before his dismissal, Mr. Ho Kim was for many years a persona non grata at the IOC.

The IOC has hinted that Kim’s role was a factor in its decision to suspend AIBA recognition in 2019 due to governance issues. The IBA remains blacklisted and as a result boxing has been excluded from the initial list of sports proposed for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

The IOC referred to a report by a commission of inquiry into AIBA in 2019, which led to its suspension, which concluded: “Mr. Ho Kim… continues to provide regular information to the IOC regarding the management of the AIBA.

“The opacity of the relationship between AIBA and this former Executive Director appears to be confirmed by AIBA’s expenses in 2018, which include payments of consultancy fees to Mr. Ho Kim; Deloitte was unable to determine the basis for these payments.

Wu was elected president of AIBA in 2006. He was accused of presiding over a culture of corruption and plunging the organization into a financial crisis before he left in 2017 – accusations he continues to deny .

World Taekwondo said it had “absolutely no knowledge” of Kim’s claims that IOC officials with voting rights had been bribed with cash in brown envelopes to ensure his inclusion as a member. that medal-winning sport at Sydney 2000.

World Taekwondo – which dropped the Federation name from its name in June 2017 – said in a statement: “World Taekwondo has absolutely no knowledge of these allegations against the former administration.”

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