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Amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, faces the risk of bankruptcy after demands it immediately pays back millions of pounds in loans and investments it does not have, a senior figure in the organisation has claimed to the Guardian.The revelation comes amid an increasingly bitter civil war inside Aiba, which has led to the resignations of its treasurer and finance director following claims they were sidelined by the president, Wu Ching-kuo. Earlier this month an executive committee member was also removed by Wu after raising questions about possible “deficiencies and irregularities” in Aiba’s finance and governance – before being dramatically reinstated by Swiss courts earlier this week.These problems are the latest to plague the organisation that came under heavy fire last year following a series of dubious decisions at the Rio Olympics – with the Irish boxer Michael Conlan making global headlines after claiming he was “robbed” in his fight with the Russian Vladimir Nikitin. However insiders at Aiba believe this latest crisis could be the gravest yet.One concern Authentic Roberto Luongo Womens Jersey is a letter from the Azerbaijani company Benkons, demanding Aiba immediately repay a $10m (£8m) loan from 2011. That is over £2m more than Aiba has in its accounts, a source has stated, despite the body having already received the £14m investment from the International Olympic Committee to see it through to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. One senior Aiba figure told the Guardian: “If Benkons are allowed to foreclose on that debt, we are no position to pay it. We will be bankrupt.”Aiba says it is “capable of reimbursing such guarantee on the basis of the repayment schedule agreed with Benkons”. In a statement to the Guardian it added: “It must be noted that the bankruptcy of a Swiss association requires under Swiss law an official confirmation, and we are far from having such judgment. Legal proceedings generally take years.”In a letter to the Aiba acting-executive director, William Louis-Marie, dated 19 July and seen by the Guardian, Benkons writes: “In a letter yesterday you asked for Benkons to accept and sign what you call a previously ‘agreed’ repayment schedule for the $10m loan that was given in 2011 but was due back by 2013.“To be clear that is false. We have not agreed any repayment schedule nor have we signed any written agreement. We hereby demand full repayment of the $10m loan to Aiba, which president Wu personally guaranteed on behalf of Aiba, and which was due in 2013.“If we do not receive immediate and full repayment of the $10m from Aiba we will instruct our lawyers to take legal action against Aiba and its president for recovery in the Swiss courts.”To make matters worse, Aiba has also been served documents by the Chinese company First Contract International Trade in Hong Kong demanding it pay back an 18.99m Swiss francs (£14.65m) investment which it put into Aiba’s marketing arm, BMA.In a recent letter seen by the Guardian, the FCIT chairman, Di Wu, accuses Aiba of “mismanagement” and “greatly infringing on my rights”. He also questions why Aiba signed Tim Hardaway Jr.Youth Jersey a new agreement with another Chinese company AliSports – and why the BMA’s board of directors decided to wind up the BMA after it was several million pounds in debt.“These actions have already seriously breached all business ethics and even the Swiss law,” Di Wu writes. “The reality turns out to be far away from what the president Wu committed.”In response, Aiba told the Guardian that one of the main problems was that Di Wu only gave them 18.99m of his proposed 35m Swiss francs investment. It added: “FCIT’s loan against BMA is subordinated to all un-subordinated debt of BMA and that, in case of bankruptcy, the loan is waived to the extent the liquidation proceeds are not sufficient to repay it. Based on these assertions and the validity of the subordination agreements, we remain confident that the claim to reimburse the 18.99m is not valid.“The term ‘mismanagement’ is also disputed,” the Aiba statement adds. “The current financial crisis of BMA results from several factors and we would like to point out that all strategic decisions have been approved by all BMA board members including Mr Di Wu, but the fact FCIT did not complete its investment appears to be one of the main factors having led to the financial crisis of BMA.”In a letter to Aiba’s executive committee last month, Di Wu suggests he did not put more money into BMA because it was losing millions – and that his requests for more board meetings, a credible business plan, and a “specific and clear report on this unreasonable huge loss” were not being met.“Somehow, since then some people think I should be blamed for the consequence of the improper action of BMA because I didn’t continue my investment,” he writes. “However you might now know that it’s an absurd excuse. I believe you all understand the principles and requirements for a business investment. If there are unreasonable serious problems in the BMA, it is irresponsible to put more money before those problems are clearly investigated and solved.”Questions have also been raised about Wu’s autocratic leadership. In May, Aiba’s treasurer, David Francis, resigned citing differences with the leadership. In his resignation letter he said: “I am not provided with information and I am not included or advised of decisions being taken which may seriously impact on Aiba’s financial health.”Shortly afterwards Aiba’s financial director, Rob Garea, also resigned, before suggesting he was not consulted on key contracts and was worried about accounting irregularities at Aiba.In a letter to executive committee members seen by the Guardian, Garea also raised concerns about the spending of the organisation. He wrote: “The president’s office in Taipei is paid for – at the cost of 200,000 Swiss francs a year with another 120,000 of the president’s representational fees, including travels, per diems and merchandising giveaways paid for by Aiba. That is more than Aiba has given to its five confederations to help fund and promote the sport over the past 12 months.”The Guardian also understands there is consternation that the organisation’s legal fees have been over one million Swiss francs over the past year.Added Garea: “In my opinion, the money spent on legal, commYet the reality that the deal, first mooted before the FA Cup final in May and believed to be the most lucrative offered in the club’s history at around £9.6m a year, stretches no further than 2019, when Conte’s original contract was due to expire, is intriguing. 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