8/2/2017 4:27:02 PM

AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo's rivals take legal action to seize control

AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo

Lausanne, Switzerland: Opponents to embattled Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Wu Ching-Kuo have begun legal proceedings in an attempt to seize control of ruling body the AIBA.

Members of AIBA's interim management committee (IMC), which was set up last week following an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Wu, are also going to the Swiss courts on Wednesday to argue the case that they – and not Wu – should run the organisation during the next three months, before an extraordinary congress decides the Taiwanese’s fate.

“We’ve contacted a court in Lausanne so that the running of the AIBA be handed over to the interim executive committee,” said IMC member Pat Fiacco.

The Canadian added that Swiss justice could alternatively choose to hand AIBA power to “a temporary administrator”.

The court has another option open to it, confirming Wu in a position he has held since 2006.

The legal move comes in the wake of last week’s no confidence motion against Taiwan’s Wu taken at a board meeting in Moscow.

Wu has attacked what he described in an interview with AFP from Taiwan “a military coup” against him.

Wu’s rivals have claimed the AIBA is on the brink of bankruptcy, and last week set up an interim management committee to take charge of the association pending the selection of a new president.

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