Former ABAE CEO Banned from Boxing for 2 Years

By Community | May 23, 2011

The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) has been fined and its former chief executive Paul King has been banned from all involvement in the sport for two years following his disastrous bid to take over boxing worldwide.

The ABAE were charged US£1,140 for what the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) claimed was, their involvement in an attempt to disrupt the 2010 AIBA Congress in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last October.

King was appointed as CEO of the ABAE in March 2005 and was on a long term secondment from the Liverpool City Council but withdrew his application to fulfil the role on a permanent basis earlier this year following his dramatic fall-out with AIBA.

King, a former AIBA Council Member, incurred the wrath of the world governing body after mounting a failed and controversial campaign to challenge Taiwanese President C K Wu before attempting to postpone the Congress.

The AIBA Congress went ahead as planned and following the re-election of Wu, the AIBA Disciplinary Commission commenced an investigation against 13 AIBA member federations to determine to what extent they were involved in attempts to postpone the event.

They have now decided to suspend King as well as General Taweep Jantararoj, the President of the Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand, from all involvement in amateur boxing for a period of 24 months.

Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Lao, Nepal, Romania, Thailand and Ukraine have all been hit with a fine of $1,140 for their attempts to postpone the Congress.