News | Jan 27 2017

‘Unwelcome axis of influence’ found at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

AIBA's investigation into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reports back, writes John Dennen
Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan  |  Mikey Williams/Top Rank

THE Special Investigation Committee set up to investigate the practices and procedures of officials during the boxing tournament at last year’s Olympic Games has reported back to AIBA, the world governing body. This report denied that judging decisions at Rio 2016 had been actively rigged but did find that there had been a detrimental impact on its operating efficiency. At the biggest tournament of all, in-competition best practice had been affected.

AIBA however will not be reallocating the medals awarded at Rio 2016.

This was an internal investigation, with members of AIBA’s Refereeing and Judging, Technical and Rules and Disciplinary Commissions making up the committee. It was conducted over two months and encompassed more than 50 interviews. Its findings indicated that “due to a lack of proper procedural norms, a concentration of decision-making power and the assigning of roles assumed by former senior management that had a detrimental impact on in-competition best practice,” although there was “no active interference in the results”.