Michael Conlan responds to news of investigation into international boxing

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Michael Conlan Responds To News Of Investigation Into International Boxing
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Irish boxer Michael Conlan has taken to Twitter in response to the announcement that an investigation will be launched into international boxing.

Richard McLaren, who has led investigations into Russian doping and corruption in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), has been put in charge of the investigation, the Canadian law professor confirmed earlier today.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has brought in McLaren Global Sport Solutions to investigate mismanagement and corruption as the cash strapped body looks to restore its Olympic status.

The association was suspended in 2019 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and stripped of any involvement in the qualifiers and tournament for the Tokyo Games over a string of governance, finance and ethical issues.

Conlan, who competed at the Rio Games in 2016 claimed he was "cheated" after losing the bronze-medal fight following a controversial decision which saw the win go to Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

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Following the fight, the bantamweight said: "I'll not do another Olympics. I would advise anybody not to compete for the AIBA." Later that year, Conlan turned pro.

Retweeting a news article announcing the opening of the investigation into AIBA, Conlan added: "Medal in the post?"

The IOC previously said the status of AIBA would be reviewed after the 2020 Tokyo Games, which were postponed to this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Boxing has a long history of questionable activities," said Mr McLaren in a statement announcing the investigation. "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, but it cannot do so without a full accounting of any alleged misconduct.

"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."

Mr McLaren's investigation will also include individuals involved in the management and administration of AIBA to determine if there have been acts of corruption.

A report on the first stage of the investigation is expected by the end of August 2021.

McLaren's independent investigation into widespread, state sponsored doping in Russian led to the country being banned from all international athletic competitions, including the Rio 2016 Olympics.

His investigation into weightlifting also uncovered decades of corruption orchestrated by former IWF president Tamas Ajan, including vote buying, doping cover-ups and bribes.

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