IOC consider probe into bribe claims
Published 24/09/2011 | 05:00
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will consider evidence from the BBC before launching a full investigation into allegations that boxing officials discussed corrupting medal bouts at next year's London Games.
The IOC is considering a full ethics commission investigation after 'Newsnight' alleged that a senior official at boxing's governing body, the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), promised to deliver two gold medals to Azerbaijani boxers in exchange for a $10m loan.
The IOC's deliberations came as the AIBA announced it had formed a Special Investigation Committee to examine the claims.
However, in a statement announcing the committee, the AIBA appeared to prejudge the committee's work, describing the allegations as "preposterous and untrue" and saying it was not aware of "any credible evidence", as well as issuing a defence of the man at the centre of the allegations, Ivan Khodabakhsh.
IOC president Jacques Rogge can order an investigation if he believes that the case is serious enough to merit it, but he will wait until after the weekend before making a decision.
The allegations centre on a $10m loan deal from an unnamed Azeri investor to help fund four US franchises in the AIBA's professional subsidiary, World Series Boxing (WSB).
Anonymous whistle-blowers told the programme that WSB's chief operating officer, Khodabakhsh, had told them that the Azeri boxers would receive two golds in London in return.
FORMER Shamrock Rovers striker Stephen Grant sensationally grabbed one of the 22 places on offer in the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School with a stunning final-round performance at Fleesensee in Germany yesterday. Having appeared to be out of contention overnight, the former footballer posted his best score of the week -- a four-under-par 68 -- for a 72-hole total of 285.
That put him on the cut-off mark and he can now book his flight to southern Spain in November for the next stage.
Christoffer Lange of Denmark led the way in Germany with an aggregate of 275.
At Wychwood Park in Cheshire, Northern Ireland's Ross Oliver was the best of the Irish with a 297 total, while Matt McAlpine ended on 299 and Damian Mooney on 304, all well outside the qualifying mark.
England's Steven Uzzell topped the qualifiers on 279 with the cut-off point being 289.
Only one of Wicklow's senior football championship semi-finals goes ahead at Aughrim tomorrow following news that Blessington have lodge an appeal against the awarding of their quarter-final game to county champions Rathnew.
There were five minutes still to play when referee Kieran Kenny blew time on the quarter-final after Blessington decided not to return to the field following one of their players sustaining a serious neck injury.
At the time the game had been held up for over an hour for an ambulance to arrive at the pitch and take the injured player to hospital.
The Competitions Control Committee, in dealing with the referee's report, decided to award the match to Rathnew, who were fixed to play parish neighbours St Patrick's in the second semi-final tomorrow.
Blessington's appeal to the Hearings Committee against the decision of the CCC has knocked the Rathnew-St Patrick's semi-final on the head and in all probability has scuppered plans to hold the county final on October 9.
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