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Thailand's amateur board suffers international KO

BANGKOK--The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has provisionally revoked the membership of Thailand's boxing organization for failing to meet a deadline to elect a new president, the amateur sport's governing body said.

The AIBA had set a June 30 deadline for the Amateur Boxing Association of Thailand (ABAT) to hold an election for the presidency of the organization.

“The AIBA executive committee bureau decided to provisionally exclude ABAT from AIBA membership with immediate effect,” the governing body said in a statement on its website.

“The decision means that boxers and coaches from Thailand will not be allowed to participate in any AIBA approved or controlled events.

“AIBA is actively seeking to replace the ABAT with a new national federation as soon as possible and as such, is willing to receive applications from any other organization to replace the ABAT.”

The decision meant that the national team had to cancel travel plans for the President's Cup in Indonesia at the last moment.

“We planned to leave for Indonesia tonight (on Saturday) but the punishment forced us to cancel the trip,” national team coach Kammanit Nareerak was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.

“The boxers have returned home. We don't know when they will return to training.”

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