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Former amateur boxing chief Anwar Chowdhry dies

Updated: June 19, 2010, 19:07


ISLAMABAD(AP) Pakistani boxing authorities say former amateur boxing leader Anwar Chowdhry has died at 87.

Chowdhry was ousted as president International Amateur Boxing Association in 2006 over alleged corruption and mismanagement. He had led the organization for 20 years.

Pakistan Boxing Federation spokesman Obaid Awan said Chowdhry died of a heart attack in Karachi. He is survived by three daughters.

While Anwar Chowdhry ran the International Amateur Boxing Association for 20 years, U.S. fighters were among many international competitors who simply assumed the system had an obvious, unspoken bias against them.

Change came abruptly to amateur boxing in 2006 when Taiwan's Ching-kuo Wu unexpectedly ousted Chowdhry for leadership of AIBA.

The next year, Chowdhry was barred for life from any involvement with the governing body for allegedly mishandling hundreds of thousands of dollars in federation funds.

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