EPISODE: Episode 15
News and Thoughts on Boxing | Olympic Update | Talkin’ Fight
Join us on our on-going exploration of the Olympics to be held in Tokyo 2021, featuring Christian from the Friday Night Panel, and the route to the ring. Watch TalkinFight weekdays at 12, 4, 7, and 8:30pm EST on YouTube or LIVE at talkinfight.com/live @Olympic @IOC Media @torchrelay @AIBA
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Hello boxing fans around the world welcome to another episode on talking fight featuring christian from the friday night panel and his ongoing exploration of the olympics in particular boxing.
What do you found out today, christian uh? Well, a couple of things on today’s docket um.
We have heard from another one of our canadian national team based on the cancellation of the americas qualifier that was scheduled for buenos aires, so uh we’ve heard a little bit from wyatt sanford.
Now the 22 year old from canada cook nova scotia has now returned home.
Uh to return to his home province from his training in quebec after the upcoming olympic qualifier event in argentina, was cancelled for the second time now in uh in a row, he was quoted as saying due to the co due to covet cases in south america.
It was just deemed unsafe for the tournament to happen so, instead of entering into the boxing ring in buenos aires with the rest of the team and competing for his right to uh go to the olympics.
He is now at this point.
He’S gon na have to wait for a decision coming from the international olympic committee, along with everybody else, and uh they’re gon na be deciding spots uh for the tokyo games, much the same way as what we’re going to be seeing for the canceled world qualifier.
So stanford went on to say if they select me now, it’s because of my past success.
Uh sanford did finish in the top 10 in the welterweight division: that’s 69 kilograms for anyone, who’s keeping score at the last world championships, but that was held two years ago at this point in time in russia.
So he went on to say, but it would be a lot better feeling, knowing that you fought and earned that spot.
You know if, for some reason i don’t get selected to go, then it would suck that much more sanford and the rest of canada’s top amateur boxers have been limited to training together for the last year or so now, with all international competitions being in a holding Pattern as countries around the world continue to deal with the global covet 19 pandemic.
The selection committee will have to base its decision on previous rankings and results from the last two or three years again.
We’Re going to see, i think, very similar to what we’re going to see he’s going to be pranking us back to 2017 same as we’re doing for the cancelled world qualifier.
So sam says, when i head back to quebec in a couple of weeks time, they should have an answer for me on whether i’ve qualified or not, if i qualify i’ll, start preparing for the olympics and if i’m not qualified, at least i’ll still be in montreal To work with my teammates as a training partner, sanford said that he’s always dreamed of representing canada at the olympic games and if he isn’t selected for the tokyo games, he says he’s still young enough that he could theoretically still shoot for the 2024 games.
Uh in paris he did say that the selection decision did have a huge impact for some of his older teammates with the national program, as it could be their last chance to go to the olympics.
So it’s another one of our athletes weighing in he’s sitting in limbo at this point in time, guys uh, like everyone else, hopefully uh, we’ll see how we’ll be able to see sanford box at the olympics, but uh we’re gon na be waiting on a decision based On rankings from him moving along, though, into uh the games themselves, a little away from boxing into the games themselves, athlete protests and political messaging will remain banned at these olympics.
The ioc said uh on wednesday.
Now this was after a survey found where the majority of competitors were in favor of keeping the ban in place.
So this isn’t a new thing.
This band is just upholding the current fan, so this means things like raising a fist on the podium like american sprinters, tommy smith and john carlos did famously at the 1968 olympics in mexico city or taking a knee during the anthem would still risk punishment at the Tokyo games this year, the ioc said that it had surveyed 3 500 athletes over the past year and that 70 percent said it was not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play or at the opening or closing ceremonies.
The survey also showed that 67 of respondents disapproved of podium demonstrations as a whole.
The ioc has not said what consequences athletes may face for protesting, but a proportionate range of punishments will be drafted before the games said.
Christy coventry, who represents the athletes on the ioc executive board smith and carlos, it should be noted, were both expelled from the 1966 olympics after their salute, so the upholding of rule 50 of the olympic charter, which prohibits, there’s a quote here: demonstration or political, religious or Racial propaganda, end quote at the games, puts the ioc now at odds with uh olympic officials in the u.
s uh olympic and paralympic committee said back in december that it will not take action if athletes raise their fists or kneel during national anthems.
At their events or their trials before tokyo, the american olympic body, which uh inducted did induct smith and carlos into the hall of fame into in 2019, eased its stance after athletes asked for the rights to express themselves on racial and social justice issues and, while the U.
S olympic and paralympic committee guidelines allow athletes to wear apparel, showing phrases such as black lives matters.
The language is more limited on the ioc guidance which they published on wednesday, approved words on t-shirts and elsewhere in tokyo.
Are peace, respect, solidarity, inclusion and equality? The ioc said uh that was according to the ioc now coventry, who is a former olympic swimmer, uh and champion herself uh who’s.
Now the sports minister of zimbabwe said that the survey and research conducted by the ioc athletes commission was guided by independent experts on human rights and social sciences.
The ioc research conducted that’s right consulted officially, and this is worth noting consulted officially recognized and athlete panels athletes, panels from national olympic committees and sports governing bodies.
So this is a process that did restrict input from individual activist athletes, as they were only uh, apparently only uh asking the questions of officially recognized bodies.
Other concessions, uh agreed on wednesday included, adding reference to inclusion and equality in the olympic oath, which will be read out at the opening ceremony in tokyo on july 23rd.
So a couple of changes coming uh from the ioc or – i guess not changes.
I i should say uh upholding uh the status quo and you know so that is gon na be met with some resistance.
Definitely in the us, and probably a little bit on our from our own athletes as well standing in solidarity with uh our cousins to the south.
But at the same time, the whole phenome phenomena of the you know kneeling at the uh national anthem and things like that has been very much a north american uh phenomena.
From from what we’ve been seeing here – or at least it started off as very strongly western and north american phenomena, so the fact that that’s not necessarily being embraced on a global level isn’t necessarily surprising.
So i’m hoping we don’t see anything too crazy.
Coming from the ioc, i don’t want to see hear any news about the athletes getting expelled for uh for voicing their opinions on things.
But you know fingers crossed we’ll have to see how that all plays out taking a quick look now over to the aiba.
They had some pretty big news and some announcements that came out over the last little while the aiba board of directors met languages yesterday now in person, as well as online, to discuss and approve some key reforms that we’ve been talking about over the last little while On this segment, the meeting coincided with the ongoing aiba youth world championships and it opened with an expression of concern and support for rashed al-sweisset, the jordanian boxer who was seriously injured earlier in the competition.
The board of directors then considered a wide range of developments aimed at reforming the aiba aiba president umar kremlov opened with the aab’s first thoughts are with rashad al suaset, his family and teammates.
We will continue to do all that we can do to support them.
The the board of directors all will also show its support for aiba reforms that are long overdue.
It is vital that we take that we make our progress in terms of our overall strategy and our government’s finances and sporting integrity.
I’M very happy that we’ve been able to quickly put aipa’s finances in order thanks to new sponsors, including the biggest one, our new general partner gazprom.
We will now quickly turn our attention to securing the changes necessary to make aiba one of the model and leading international federations.
Now on overall strategy, president uh umar kremlin have outlined his intention to ensure the aba’s many and varied work.
Streams towards reform are brought together.
As part of a road map towards a strong future for the organization and for boxing, he also outlined his commitment to ensuring that the aiba is supported by leading external organizations and individuals.
With experience of successful reform in international sports leadership, so kremlev said we must consider thoughts and voices from both inside and outside the aiba and boxing in order to secure our future.
Now on governance, reform, aiba has already had some success in implementing its governance, including the size and role of the board of directors, the introduction of eligibility criteria for elected officials and the appointment of independence to uh important roles such as the ethics committee, disciplinary committee, rnj Committee champions and veterans committee, women’s committee, as well as others, so kremlin stated we.
We understand that to restore confidence and trust requires additional efforts.
Aida is committed to to inviting independent experts to propose positive changes in order to make aiba’s governance as good as an example.
To others on the topic of financial integrity, finance report was presented to the board of directors reflecting the financial independence that has been secured through the signing of sponsorship agreements.
A plan for the settlement of aiba’s outstanding debts was approved as part of this report.
In addition, the finance committee was formed with uh felipe martinez martinez, serving as representative to the board of directors alongside two external experts, patrick boussard and dieter vict kremlev reminded everybody that uh before my election, i promised to ensure the aiba’s debts would be settled through my Efforts he then went on to say, as leader of the aaba team.
I am very proud to welcome a company gazprom that has a track record of prestigious sports sponsorship.
The partnership is more than just financial and aiba is grateful that gazprom will also provide the expertise that comes with its status as a world leader in the vital area of global economy, together with its social responsibility, support and participation in social projects.
Moreover, all national federations will be provided with annual financial and equipment support.
The board of directors approve the criteria and procedures for this assistance, so good news all around here so on the finally on sporting integrity – and this is kind of the big one here.
The aiba board of directors discussed uh the previous investigation by aiba officials into the conduct involved with those who were judging and refereeing the boxing tournament at the rio 2016 olympic games.
President tremolo proposed that a fresh investigation be conducted by an ad hoc investigation committee.
This time, with independent oversight and involvement, the proposal was adopted.
He said when boxers step into the ring, they must have complete confidence to know that they will be treated fairly and that their efforts will be counted properly.
We are already making progress in this area.
For example, uh with live scoring that we have introduced for the very first time at the aiba youth world championships here in poland, where anyone is looking for a little bit more information on that you can refer to as either yesterday or the day before’s uh segment.
On the olympics, we actually went a little bit into depth, uh with what that scoring process is going to look like, but he went on but uh when there are allegations of improper behavior.
It is right that they be investigated with independent oversight so that there can be full confidence in the investigation.
Not only should referees and judges found to have been involved in wrongdoing be sanctioned, but also management involved in such wrongdoing.
Those who brought our sport into such trouble as such a troubled condition, which we are overcoming, should receive lifetime bans from boxing.
We have to carry out an honest and transparent investigation.
The best boxers should always win while the aida should be the guarantor of such transparency and honesty.
So big news coming out of the aiba, so you know some updates on what they have been up to uh and what they are going to be up to uh.
So the biggest one for them is going to be uh, starting off with wiping their debts clean with their big announcement with gazprom, which they did about three weeks ago.
I believe because they were somewhere in the name of 20 or 30 million dollars in in the hole in the red.
So i’m glad to see that they’re moving on with that, and obviously we’ve talked a little bit about the expansion and past of their new committees.
So that’s now all officially been adopted, so it’s good news from them.
The status quo being maintained by the ioc and one possibly very disappointed boxer in nova scotia.
But that’s what’s come across my desk.
So far today grab fair enough.
It should also be noted that uh in 1968, when smith and carlos, raised their fists um on behalf of black people, who were at the time in protest against various civil rights uh goings-on in america anyway, the the on the on the bronze podium at the time Was an australian sprinter by the name of peter norman and he’s often been uh mentioned as a forgotten uh hero, quite frankly, for for having to stand silently uh while the protest was going on.
So i just thought: i’d quickly mention that, because it’s if you google it it’s quite an interesting story, i mean the fella uh passed away a few years ago, but uh you know his legacy is, is widely upheld in in australia, for example, where he’s from, but Often men not mentioned around the world uh for someone who uh should have been recognized, but wasn’t really given the protest that went on.
I don’t think it’s appropriate for them to protest on the podium, but anyway, that’s just my opinion.
We do have some news from across the pond.
I see in the comments: [ Music, ] um, oh just having a quick look here: uh yeah that uh both big t as well as uh carl over at last bell boxing.
There are just given a couple of updates in the saint peter and the petersburg uh governor’s cup.
That’S currently going on belladonna near a duel near dulatov of kazakhstan, is world champion and rumoretov with uzbek just met up in the final and are fighting as we speak.
In st petersburg, so that would be a good one to check out if you’ve got the time guys flip over to that one, but uh yeah, the finals are going on there, st petersburg and starting tomorrow, they’ll be uh.
Things will be starting up in belgrade and serbia and, as we mentioned yesterday, our friends over of team, great britain will be taking place in that taking part in that one and uh expecting big things from uh the mccormick brothers like this one, five, oh oh there.
We go the so uh kha’zix over the use backs for that, for that particular one [ Laughter ], and that is as we get that movement you get that news.
That’S right! Yeah! Sorry, i’m big teachers right! This is quarterfinal action that we’re seeing right now from st petersburg that we’re talking about.
But those are the big headlines coming across my desk this morning.
Fantastic thanks, very much christian um, uh! Well, tomorrow’s friday, wow this week is flying by um, oh yeah, so we’ll see we’ll see twice tomorrow at uh noon, for our olympics, roundup and also in the evening, do you know who was the serbia who was in serbia? Ah, that’s what i asked you yesterday.
Christian uh did, did you actually find out which or which we’ll do a quick rundown on serbia tomorrow uh tomorrow, when we get started, we’ll do a quick rundown as to who who the entrants are and who to watch out for yeah other than that, i had A quick peek uh before we jumped on and got got sidetracked down in rabbit hall of international boxing elsewhere, but anyway, let’s discuss that tomorrow sounds good.
Thanks guys for tuning in and we’ll see you tomorrow,