1 Oct 2011

Boxing body asks BBC to assist medals probe

11:54 am on 1 October 2011

Amateur boxing's world body has formally asked the BBC to provide evidence behind its allegations that Azerbaijan was promised two gold medals at next year's London Olympics in exchange for a $9 million loan.

The claims, strongly denied by the International Amateur Boxing Association, the AIBA, were aired on September 23rd on BBC's Newsnight programme.

The BBC says it had uncovered evidence of 'secret payments' from a mystery source in Azerbaijan to World Series Boxing, a competition run under the auspices of AIBA.

Despite dismissing the allegations as untrue, Swiss-based AIBA has set up a committee to investigate which will meet next week.