Historically Olympic boxing competitions have battled repeated allegations of corruption. Olympic boxing faces fresh criticism following an investigation by BBC Newsnight. Investigators uncovered alleged evidence of multi-million dollar bribes being paid to senior boxing officials to secure gold medals for Azeri fighters at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Money was allegedly paid to the World Series Boxing (WSB) which is a subsidiary of the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA). Whistleblowers told the BBC that the WSB was in financial difficulty and was bailed out by a $9 million loan from Azerbaijan in return for two gold medals.
Although the AIBA admits that an anonymous Azeri national paid $9 million into the WSB they vehemently deny any deal to fix medals. AIBA has dismissed the allegations as being “totally untrue and ludicrous”, claiming that there was not “any credible evidence” to support the accusations.
The International Olympic Committee has urged the BBC to surrender all evidence so they may pursue their own investigations following the BBC Newsnight broadcast.