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Barred rival to boxing chief Rakhimov launches appeal

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AFP, Buenos Aires :

The only rival to Gafur Rakhimov for the presidency of world boxing said Monday he had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the AIBA's decision to bar him from the election.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) disqualified former Kazakh boxer Serik Konakbayev because he failed to submit the required nomination forms from 20 federations by the September 23 deadline.
Rakhimov is therefore the only candidate eligible for the election on November 3 and under the AIBA constitution he would be elected by acclaim.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said last week it was "freezing contacts" with AIBA. Without naming Rakhimov, it expressed concerns with the AIBA election process and has threatened to remove boxing from the Olympic Games.

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