|Head of South Korea's Olympic committee takes control of boxing federation|
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10:41
The head of South Korea's Olympic Committee, Park Yong-Sung, has assumed control of the country's boxing association in an effort to end a dispute that could see its fighters banned from this year's Asian Games.
The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) has said Park will be in charge of the Korean Amateur Boxing Federation (KABF) until it mends its relations with amateur boxing's world governing body AIBA.
Park will form a new KABF board at the end of this month that will then elect a new chief.
The move comes just days after AIBA provisionally suspended South Korea's membership following a long dispute between the body and former KABF president Yoo Jae-Joon.
AIBA said Yoo "caused serious damage" to the body's image and reputation.
KABF has resisted AIBA's request to announce a replacement to Yoo, but a KABF spokesman said: "We will try hard to normalise relations between our boxing body and the AIBA."