Wu Ching-kuo

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.
Mr. Wu Ching-kuo announced his run for the International Olympic Committee President in Taipei, Taiwan, in May 2013

Wu Ching-kuo (Chinese: 吳經國; pinyin: Wú Jīngguó; born October 18, 1946) is the president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), a post he has held since 2006.[1] Having been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1988 (and thus representing the IOC in Taiwan, participating as Chinese Taipei),[2] he was elected to its executive board in 2012.[3]

Career[edit]

Wu Ching-kuo was a basketball player in his youth and later worked as an architect.

Wu became Chinese Taipei's representative on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1988. He served as a member of the evaluation commission for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4]

International Boxing Association[edit]

In November 2006 he won a vote 83 to 79 to replace 84-year-old Anwar Chowdhry of Pakistan to serve as AIBA's head for the next four years. When serving as an AIBA committee chairman, he proposed reforms such as increased marketing, new television contracts and the installation of scoreboards to allow fans to see how judges score fights in real time.

After his election he let Price Waterhouse Coopers check the AIBA finances. Turkish General Secretary Caner Doganeli was soon suspended in February 2007 and the ethics commission headed by François Carrard is now discussing financial irregularities charges against Doganeli. Wu hasn't yet fired the very controversial Uzbek AIBA-Vice President Gafur Rakhimov who had been banned from entering Australia in 2000 after the Sydney Morning Herald broke the news that he's a drug tsar, a mafia boss and controls crime in Central Asia [1].

Candidacy for IOC President[edit]

On May 23, 2013, Wu Ching-kuo confirmed that he would run for President of the IOC. He has served as an IOC member since 1988. At the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires he lost the election to Thomas Bach.[5][6]

As the president of AIBA, Wu believes Cuba’s historic first professional boxing bout in more than 50 years proves yet again to IOC members that he can deliver. He was proud to have been the facilitator of engineering the Cuban return to the professional boxing circuit.[7][8]

During Wu Ching-kuo's seventh trip to Africa in less than 10 years that he has established a relationship with his African colleagues since he became an IOC member 25 years ago, the longest tenure of any of the six hopefuls, he said “The Olympic Games have taken place on all five continents but Africa, and therefore I will do my utmost to help bring about an African Games.” [9][10]

Response to Olympic Controversy[edit]

There were two highly controversial decisions in the 2016 Summer Olympics where the widely regarded winners of the matches were judged to have actually lost the match. One of the responded by showing the judges his middle finger. Instead of promising to look into the issue concerning the judges and making public statements about cleaning up his organization Wu Ching-kuo responded with the following to AP journalist Greg Beacham..

"He immediately showed his finger to the referee-judges. The IOC says this is totally unacceptable. You cannot humiliate people. They are officials. He put himself in a difficult position, I can tell you. A lot of disciplinary action will follow. You should show proper behaviour. If you are not happy about the result, you cannot humiliate in public our referee-judges. So that has already drawn a lot of people's attention who want to punish him. So we are going to have a disciplinary commission for the case."

A senior boxing official was quoted as saying that there is deep-rooted corruption in Olympic boxing, which led to controversial decisions. “As predicted, corruption is alive and well and the decisions speak for themselves. It is clear that the AIBA will not do anything about this. It is time now for the IOC to step in,” the senior official told the Guardian, adding that amateur boxing is so rotten that only the removal of Wu, his administration and all of the officials at the Olympics could cut it out. “President Wu needs to resign, as well as the executive director and the senior staff. Every RJ [referee and judge] and ITO [international technical official] needs to be suspended. That’s the only way it’s going to change,” the official said.

US head coach Billy Walsh was quoted by the Guardian as saying that he believed the decisions made at these Olympics are the worst since Roy Jones Jr infamously lost a light-middleweight contest in 1988 that became a byword for scandal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wu Ching-kuo bids to lead world amateur boxing, Taipei Times, Nov 05, 2006
  2. ^ IOC Members List
  3. ^ The current composition of the IOC Executive Board, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  4. ^ IOC Announces 2016 Summer Games Evaluation Commission
  5. ^ Mr Ching-Kuo WU
  6. ^ Wu officially declares himself as candidate for IOC Presidency
  7. ^ Cuban coup proves that I deliver, IOC’s Wu Ching-kuo says, AFP, Sep 04, 2013
  8. ^ Cuba's first taste of pro-style boxing, AIBA, 29.08.2013
  9. ^ IOC presidential candidate wants to bring Olympics to Africa, NBC, Sep 2, 2013
  10. ^ Taiwanese IOC presidential hopeful charms Africans, Focus Taiwan, Sep 2, 2013

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