Boxing-McLaren to lead investigation into international boxing

(Reuters) – Richard McLaren, who has actually led examinations into Russian doping and corruption in the International Weight-lifting Federation (IWF), has actually been put in charge of an examination into worldwide boxing, the Canadian law teacher stated on Monday.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has actually generated McLaren Global Sport Solutions to examine mismanagement and corruption as the money strapped body aims to restore its Olympic status.

The association was suspended in 2019 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and removed of any participation in the qualifiers and competition for the Tokyo Games over a string of governance, financing and ethical problems.

The IOC has stated the status of AIBA would be evaluated after the 2020 Tokyo Games, which were held off to this year due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Boxing has a long history of questionable activities,” stated McLaren in a declaration revealing the examination. “There have been multiple past investigations into the sport that have either not been completed or acted upon.

“It is time for boxing to turn the page, however it cannot do so without a complete accounting of any supposed misbehavior.

“Our team will conduct an independent investigation into the questions surrounding corruption or manipulation of sporting results during the Rio Olympic Games, identify the persons responsible and recommend the appropriate course of action.”

McLaren’s examination will likewise consist of people associated with the management and administration of AIBA to identify if there have actually been acts of corruption.

A report on the very first phase of the examination is anticipated by the end of August 2021.

McLaren’s independent examination into extensive, state sponsored doping in Russian caused nation being prohibited from all worldwide athletic competitors, consisting of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

His examination of weightlifting exposed years of corruption managed by previous president Tamas Ajan, consisting of vote purchasing, doping cover-ups and kickbacks.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Modifying by Christian Radnedge)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.