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Boxing is in danger of being ruled out of the Olympics. To keep this sport in the Olympics, major changes need to be made to the old rules. This warning has been given by investigators probing allegations of corruption in boxing. Investigator Richard McLaren claimed in a 114-page report that corruption was rampant at the World Boxing Association (IBA). The final report states that Iba tried to be commissioned to achieve dominance in the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
China-based CK Wu, who was the president of the International Boxing Association (IBA) from 2006 to 2017, has been accused of financial irregularities and misconduct in boxing tournaments.
Wrong decisions are given in matches
The report states that wrong decisions and scoring are done during matches. There have been indications of secret talks between the officials. Ethics and uniformity were not taken care of in this game.
22 officers removed, 15 on radar
McLaren said 22 high-risk officials have been removed from the judge and referee. While 15 officers are on the radar, they are being closely monitored. Three cases have been sent for disciplinary action.
Doubts also over 2016 Olympic decisions
Doubts have also been raised about boxing decisions during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2019, the IOC removed Aiba from participation in the Tokyo Olympics. At the same time, boxing has been dropped from the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Corruption increased during the tenure of former president CK Wu
International Boxing Association president Omar Kremlev has commissioned Canadian law expert Richard McLaren to investigate problems related to the sport by mid-2023. McLaren said in its report on Monday that the rules would have to be changed to keep boxing in the Olympics. Along with this, he has blamed former AIBA president CK Wu for the decline in boxing. Corruption also increased during his tenure. Boxing officials also understood that the rules would make them impunity. CK Wu was also a member of the IOC for a long time. In 2013, he also contested the election of IOC President against Thomas Bach.
The accused of drug smuggling was elected officer
The report said that despite warnings from the IOC, Aiba selected a Taiwanese official, Gafoor Rakhimov, accused of drug smuggling. At the same time, the IOC has also disassociated Kremlev, who became the President of the International Boxing Association in 2020. He approved IBA’s loans from a Russian energy company and sponsor Gazprom. However, a McLaren report said Gazprom’s sponsorship saved Aiba after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Need for training academy for judges and referees
McLaren called for the need to set up a training academy for judges and referees to maintain boxing’s credibility. Along with this, there should be tight control around the ring during the game, for which less people get recognition. He expressed confidence that boxing would save its falling standards.