George Yerolimpos, second right, says IBA is not reforming just because of the IOC's wishes ©IBA

International Boxing Association (IBA) secretary general George Yerolimpos has said that the organisation is not amending its governance issues to appease the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Greek official made the comments in response to IOC President Thomas Bach calling on the IBA to fix alleged governance, financial transparency and sustainability issues as well as the integrity of its refereeing and judging processes.

"We are not doing this to satisfy the IOC, but doing it to repair what happened in the past by some individuals who destroyed and corrupted the sport," Yerolimpos said at the IBA's Global Boxing Forum in Abu Dhabi.

"There is new leadership and a new board of directors which is very educated and very balanced and I expect we will finish the work in order to govern boxing at the Olympics again.

"I am very positive for the future of boxing, one of the most important sports in the Olympic Movement.

"There are no Olympics without boxing and no boxing without the IBA."

George Yerolimpos criticised the IOC at the IBA's third Global Boxing Forum in Abu Dhabi ©IBA
George Yerolimpos criticised the IOC at the IBA's third Global Boxing Forum in Abu Dhabi ©IBA

Yerolimpos alluded to the organisation's, then known as AIBA, former President CK Wu who has since been made persona non grata following his resignation in 2017. 

IBA has blamed Wu, whose reign began in 2006, for the corruption controversy after it was confirmed that bouts at Rio de Janeiro 2016 were fixed.

Yerolimpos dismissed Bach's concerns over the governing body's financial stability, claiming that the grandeur of the Forum showed it has economic power.

"Now we are in a position to put questions to them," he continued.

"They say we are not financially stable, but we are very strong financially and that is shown by these kinds of things."

Yerolimpos was officially appointed as the IBA's secretary general at its Extraordinary Congress in Armenia in September after holding the role on an interim basis since July.

He succeeded István Kovács as part of a restructure with 87 per cent of the vote by the governing body's Board of Directors.

Yerolimpos was one of 50 candidates and has vowed to help drive change at the IBA.