Earlier today the Kazakhstan WSB (World Series of Boxing) team, the Astana Arlans, announced that they would not be participating in the 2019 tournament and were instead going to be disbanding.
The team had been one of the more successful teams, winning the competition in 2012-2013, 2015 and 2017, and coming runner up in 2010-2011 and in 2018, with only the Cuba Domadores matching their achievements of 3 wins and twice losing finalists.
The reason for leaving was originally expected to be linked to the uncertainty in regards to boxing being at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the political issues regarding AIBA. Though it has since been revealed that reasons include the lack of financial income and the high cost of running the team, as well as the political mis-steps of AIBA, and the lack of relevance that the competition now has.
Quotes given to the Kazakh press include "Participation in WSB was unprofitable for all teams. In recent years, AIBA scandals have added negativity and reduced relevance" (Translated).
It should be noted that issues between AIBA and KazakhSerik Konakbayev will likely have played a part in this decision, with Konakbayev originally being refused the chance to stand to become the president of the organisation, before an appeal to CAS, as well as the financial and scandals of AIBA and the Olympic uncertainty.