LONDON (Reuters) – Organizers of a suspended Olympic boxing qualifying event in London hit again at accusations of irresponsibility on Thursday because the selection of competition and coaches checking out sure for coronavirus grew to 6.
The Croatian federation stated 3 group contributors had shriveled the illness, an afternoon after Turkey reported positives for 2 boxers and a trainer.
The development on the Copper Field, that includes masses of female and male warring parties from Europe looking for puts on the now-postponed Tokyo 2020 Video games, used to be halted on March 16 after 3 days.
The World Olympic Committee’s Boxing Job Pressure (BTF), who arranged the development after remaining yr’s suspension of worldwide boxing frame AIBA, needed the ones involved a fast restoration however wondered the hyperlink.
“Some information experiences seemed to draw a connection between the affected contributors and the Boxing Street to Tokyo Eu qualifier held in London,” it stated in a remark.
“The London match used to be suspended 10 days in the past… and the BTF isn’t acutely aware of any hyperlink between the contest and the an infection.
“Many contributors have been in independently arranged coaching camps in Italy, Nice Britain and of their house international locations ahead of the contest began on 14 March 2020 and feature returned house some time in the past so it’s not imaginable to understand the supply of an infection.”
The Turkish Boxing Federation named considered one of its boxers as middleweight Serhat Guler, who had a bye ahead of beating Israeli Mikhail Ostroumov on March 16.
Croatia’s N1 tv stated heavyweight Toni Filipi, overwhelmed through Ukrainian Serhii Horskov on March 15, and trainer Tomo Kadic had examined sure.
“The IOC will have to have identified that they should have scrapped the qualifiers,” stated Kadic.
The BBC quoted Croatian federation secretary-general Marko Marovic as pronouncing the 3rd individual used to be additionally a trainer. “Our epidemiologist says they have been probably inflamed all the way through (the) Tokyo 2020 qualifier,” he added.
Turkish Federation president Eyup Gozgec stated the location used to be “the disastrous results of the irresponsibility of the IOC process drive”.
“This virus has been round since December 2019. Due to this fact, it’s inevitable to invite why the Eu Qualification match used to be now not postponed ahead of it even came about,” he wrote in a letter to board contributors of the Eu Boxing Confederation.
The BTF stated many different sports activities and public occasions have been happening in Britain on the time since the govt had now not imposed restrictions.
It stated precautionary measures have been taken ahead of, all the way through and after the development.
A spokesman for native organizers stated the scientific group have been in day-to-day touch with Public Well being England all the way through the event with common steering supplied to all groups and day-to-day temperature checks for competition.
Spectators have been barred at the ultimate Monday.
“Groups have been urged at the steps they will have to take if any contributors in their delegation confirmed signs of the virus,” the spokesman added.
“All the way through the contest there have been no recorded cases of groups contacting the scientific group to file signs.”
Gozgec’s grievance of the ‘terrible match’ adopted remarks from Umar Kremlev, president of Russia’s Boxing Federation, who had stated it used to be ‘ridiculous’ the event had ever began.
Kremlev and Gozgec each take a seat on AIBA’s 28 member govt committee.
The IOC suspended AIBA over problems surrounding its budget and governance.
Further reporting through Zoran Milosavljevic, modifying through Christian Radnedge