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The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has decided to withdraw its participation in the SportAccord World Combat Games along with suspending its SportAccord membership following its AIBA Executive Committee’s decision of May 5, 2015.

The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, said “We have aimed to create a clear identity for the sport of boxing in the past 8 years of my Presidency. Boxing is a Noble Art and a traditional Olympic sport and we feel that the participation in the World Combat Games challenges this identity among boxing fans”.

He also added that “It is with much regret that we suspend our membership with SportAccord with immediate effect. AIBA’s work is based on the Olympic values and it is the values of integrity and respect that we must protect first and foremost”.

AIBA had been a member of SportAccord since 1967 and had previously participated in SportAccord World Combat Games in Saint-Petersburg in 2013 and in Beijing in 2010.