IBA allows return of Russian, Belarus boxers with flags and anthems

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and International Boxing Assosiation (AIBA) President Umar Kremlev (R) tour the newly opened International Boxing centre at the Luzhniki Sports Complex, in Moscow September 10, 2022.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and International Boxing Assosiation (AIBA) President Umar Kremlev (R) tour the newly opened International Boxing centre at the Luzhniki Sports Complex, in Moscow September 10, 2022. (Photo by Gavriil Grigorov / SPUTNIK / AFP)

LONDON—The Russian-led International Boxing Association (IBA) said on Wednesday it would reverse a ban on amateur boxers from Russia and Belarus and allow them to compete with national flags and anthems in events with immediate effect.

The world governing body, which is at odds with Olympic organizers, said its board of directors had voted in favor of the change.

Russian energy company Gazprom is the biggest sponsor of the IBA, formerly known as AIBA.

“The IBA strongly believes that politics shouldn’t have any influence on sports. Hence, all athletes should be given equal conditions,” the statement said.

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