IOC ‘worried’ by new Aiba president’s links to heroin trade and organised crime

• Gafur Rakhimov was named in interim role on Saturday
• Uzbek’s assets in USA have been frozen

Amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, has been plunged into a fresh crisis after the International Olympic Committee admitted it was “extremely worried” that a man linked to organised crime had become the organisation’s interim president.

On Saturday Aiba named its longest-serving vice president, Gafur Rakhimov, as leader until November elections in Moscow. Only last month the Uzbek was described by the US treasury department last month as one of his country’s “leading criminals”, and “an important person involved in the heroin trade” who was connected to the Thieves-in-Law crime group.

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