🧾The report by Prof Richard McLaren, has highlighted various bouts before, during and after the London 2012 games as being suspicious.
💰 McLaren found a culture of “favours” that existed in Olympic boxing, particularly among the post-Soviet nations. The report highlighted Azerbaijan as giving the governing body Aiba an investment loan of $10m and with this, bouts were expected to be manipulated in favour of their boxers during London 2012.
💵 The report also highlighted episodes which involved Russian and Mongolian officials who attempted to fix the outcome of Olympic boxing bouts.
The McLaren report also covered controversial defeats at the Rio Olympic Games for Great Britain’s Joe Joyce in the super-heavyweight final against France’s Tony Yoka. Joe Joyce has recently released a statement in response to the report and Joyce hopes his silver medal will be upgraded to a gold medal – as many onlookers believed he clearly won that bout.
The report also mentions Irish boxer Michael Conlan’s defeat in his bantamweight quarter-final against Russian Vladimir Nikitin, were he famously saluted the judges with middle fingers after the fight
💵 The McLaren report states that corruption goes right to the very top; the Aiba president and executive director, and those in these positions at the time were “key actors” in “allowing the manipulation to flourish”.
⚖️ In fairness, the new ABIA president requested this report and this is a positive move forward. It’s the worst kept secret that corruption has existed in Olympic boxing history, due to numerous shocking decisions throughout via games. A number of high profile boxers have been robbed of glory, glory they have worked and dreamed of achieving
🤨 What’s the worse decisions in olympic boxing, those that are absolutely robbery in your opinion? 🧐
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