The professional boxers entering the Olympic Games story and debate has taken a new, more concrete turn in direction today. The WBC (World Boxing Council) have come out in conclusive fashion in their stance on the matter, pertaining to any professional boxer who might be thinking about competing in the Olympics in the future: "Any professional boxer who participates in…
Shocking Report: Boxing Faces Possible Boot From 2016 Olympics
A rather outrageous report has emerged today pertaining to out of competition anti-doping measures in amateur boxing since the 2012 London Olympics, or rather the lack there of, apparently in 2015 and 2014.
WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) are the body of people tasked with implementing the most up to date drug testing and anti-doping measures for the Olympic Games not just every four years when they roll around, but also out of competition in between the different events that take place every four years.
A report from The Telegraph today suggests that boxing could be in some very hot water with WADA and the Olympics.
In the report, it claims that not one single out of competition test was allegedly done for amateur boxing last year in 2015, and only one was done in 2014 before that – ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The out of competition testing would have been due to have been administered in conjunction with boxing’s body responsible for governing the amateur sport – the AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association).
This will come as worrying news for many countries who look to the sport of boxing for their leading medal hopes, and comes amid further recent controversy pertaining to Olympic boxing in general, surrounding the idea that professional fighters could potentially compete alongside amateur boxers, a story which now seems to be dead.
The AIBA have not yet publicly responded to the above report’s claims.