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IOC Under Fire Over Turkish Boxers Testing Positive For Coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is under fire, over the recent news that two Turkish boxers and a trainer tested positive for the coronavirus.

The IOC has been accused of irresponsibility by the Turkish Boxing Federation.

According to the Turkish Boxing Federation website, athlete Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlup'nar contracted the virus at the European qualifiers. The Copper Box in London hosted the qualifiers, with boxers from 40 nations.

“While the world was taking extreme measures to deal with the virus, I am baffled that an IOC taskforce and the British government allowed the tournament to start even though many of us had concerns and almost every other sport had shut down,” federation President Eyup Gozgec was quoted as saying in the Guardian.

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The qualifiers continued for three days, as just about every other sport had suspended their activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to other boxing federations, which was obtained by the Guardian, Gozgec, who is also vice-president of the European Boxing Confederation, said: “Unfortunately, two of our athletes and our Turkish head coach have tested positive for the new type Covid-19 coronavirus after returning to Turkey from London.

“All of them are in treatment now and thankfully they are in good condition. This is the disastrous result of the irresponsibility of the IOC taskforce.

“This virus has been around since December 2019. Therefore, it is inevitable to ask why the European qualification event was not postponed before it took place? They did not consider anyone’s health, which led them to organize this horrible event.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MulaKO on 03-27-2020

[QUOTE=Richard G;20482756]Did anyone else catch the chinavirus at the same event?[/QUOTE] Yes , others have been affected Can’t remember where I read it but yes

Comment by Richard G on 03-27-2020

Did anyone else catch the chinavirus at the same event?

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 03-26-2020

[QUOTE=MulaKO;20481541]Did you read the article What exactly wrong did the Turkish delegation do besides showing up[/QUOTE] Is sarcasm.

Comment by MulaKO on 03-26-2020

[QUOTE=Dasmius Shinobi;20481513]Is easy to blame them (IOC) when something don't go your way (Turkish delegation). The only thing I agree of the Turkish delegation, is that IOC are irresponsible to beginning with, about the start of the qualifying of the…

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 03-26-2020

Is easy to blame them (IOC) when something don't go your way (Turkish Federation). The only thing I agree of the Turkish Federation, is that IOC are irresponsible to beginning with, about the start of the qualifying of the Tokyo…

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