Back in September we reported that Kazakhstan's Serik Konakbayev had been nominated to lead AIBA, sadly however it appears he lacked the number of necessary votes to be put through to the voting.
According to Kazakh sources Konakbayev required a total of 20 countries to back him but he has fallen short of that number.
As a result the controversial Uzbek Gafur Rakhimov, the current interim president, is the only candidate set to run for the role of AIBA president. Sadly that leaves AIBA on a collision course with International Olympic Committee due to Rakhimov's links to organised crime.
Further disappointment for Konakbayev, who seemingly only missed the deadline by a few hours oin September 23rd, is the fact he wasn't even named as the vice president for Asia, a position all the continental heads had been given in their regions.
It's unclear why Konakbayev has been overlooked for the regional vice presidential position but it seems likely that political in fighting isn't going to help AIBA remain part of the Olympics, especially given the recent controversies surrounding C K Wu and Franco Falcinelli prior to Rakhimov becoming the acting president.
(Note - Image is of Konakbayev, courtesy of the press service of the Asian Boxing Confederation)
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