Boxing events at the Rio Olympics have been rigged, according to an inquiry into the Joe Joyce fight.
According to an independent study, officials may have rigged boxing events at the Rio 2016 Olympics, including Joe Joyce’s gold medal fight.
Officials at the Rio 2016 Olympics used a method to control the outcome of boxing contests, according to an independent inquiry.
The “seeds had been sown” years ago, according to Professor Richard McLaren, the leader of the research commissioned by the sport’s world governing organization AIBA.
McLaren, 76, held a virtual press conference in Lausanne today to explain his results.
There are questions about 11 matches, including those in which Great Britain’s Joe Joyce and Ireland’s Michael Conlan were defeated, with McLaren stating that all of the results of these fights are being investigated.
Joyce finished second in the men’s super heavyweight division, losing a split decision to France’s Tony Yoka in the final, while bantamweight Conlan was controversially defeated by Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin in the quarterfinals.
Joyce’s loss was already regarded as one of the most contentious in Olympic boxing history, as he seemed to outbox his opponent in all three rounds only to have the Frenchman’s hand raised afterward.
It drew jeers from the audience, while Conlan’s loss, which was also decided by a split decision, was viewed as equally absurd.
If it is shown that Joyce’s match was rigged, it is unclear whether he will be elevated to a Gold medal.
The AIBA has expressed “alarm” about the findings, with McLaren and his colleagues focusing their probe on whether referees and judges in Rio gave preferential decisions to boxers from specific countries.
France and Uzbekistan are among the countries receiving close examination after their boxers performed admirably in Rio.
An internal investigation by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) uncovered “high suspicion” surrounding AIBA’s French former executive director Karim Bouzidi, as well as a number of officials, prompting McLaren’s team to be called in.
Bouts from the London 2012 Olympics four years ago are also alleged to be under examination.
After his discoveries regarding Russia’s state-sponsored doping program, McLaren’s work has already made waves in the Olympic movement, with the country being blacklisted from competing.
“A detailed review of the bouts at Rio suggests around nine bouts that were dubious. “Brinkwire Summary News,” he claims in his report.