‘Unprepared’ Tokyo 2020 boxing boss vows to put athletes first

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The 60-year-old, currently head of the International Gymnastics Federation, told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo that the call had come out of the blue.“It was two days ago at night. I was having dinner and all of sudden, the (country code) 44 appeared on my phone. I was wondering who it was and it was (IOC) President (Thomas) Bach!” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He told me to become chair of the task force. I was happy. I was aware of the challenges and issues and I knew there were athletes who are suffering and if there are athletes suffering, it is the obligation of an IOC member to go out and support them,” he said, talking through an interpreter.He said he had always tried to put athletes first at the gymnastics federation, even revealing he had asked “to clean the bathrooms” on a recent trip, “because that’s what the president should be doing”. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Bucks need better bench play to regain control vs Raptors MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “Getting the voice of the athletes is really important… I want to understand their concerns,” he said.After months of dancing around each other, the IOC Wednesday delivered a knock-out blow to AIBA, removing its right to organize the Tokyo boxing competition but insisting that a tournament would nonetheless take place.The IOC had frozen preparations for the boxing at Tokyo 2020 pending a months-long investigation into alleged serious mismanagement at the crisis-riddled association.The details have yet to be hammered out, but the IOC has said qualifications will take place between January and May 2020.Watanabe said there was “no choice” but to organize the tournament quickly despite the tight time-frame, and joked “I might not be getting much sleep.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Asked what his strategy was, he replied: “I was told just two days ago. This is something I was totally unprepared for. I wasn’t expecting this.”He said he would be flying immediately to IOC headquarters in Switzerland to begin work, admitting: “At this point in time, so many things are still unclear.”“I need to conduct a thorough analysis to build a good way forward,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japanese Morinari Watanabe, in charge of organising the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition, speaks to reporters in Tokyo on May 23, 2019. – The IOC tapped Morinari Watanabe from the Japanese Olympic Committee to run a special taskforce to organise the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition after stripping the world amateur governing body (AIBA) of the right following misconduct allegations. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)The Olympic official hastily put in charge of organizing the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition admitted Thursday he was “totally unprepared” for his appointment, but vowed he would put athletes’ interests first.The IOC tapped Morinari Watanabe from the Japanese Olympic Committee to run a special task force to organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing competition on Wednesday after stripping the world amateur governing body (AIBA) of the right following misconduct allegations.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img