Advertisement: IBO Boxing

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.


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…

Top Headlines
Cyborg Says Her Next Fight Might Be in Boxing, Eyes Braekhus Russian Boxing Federation Helping Thousands During Coronavirus Pandemic Carl Frampton Staying Very Active, Praises New Home Training Kit Impact Boxing Plans To Give Back With Free Event For Fans Joshua Gives Boost To Jos Buttler's Campaign To Battle Coronavirus Muhammad Ali, Ted Williams, and Time Lost Joshua Backs Mike Tyson To Beat Muhammad Ali, Explains Why Jeff Horn Prefers Large Crowd Over Closed Doors For Tszyu Bout Amir Khan Explains Wild Conspiracy Theory Linking Coronavirus With 5G Rollout Tiger King Mike Tyson Regrets Owning Big Cats: I Was Doing The Wrong Sh-t WBSS Fantasy Tournament: Winky Wright Stops Carlos Monzon in Eight Mayweather's Daughter Arrested For Felony Aggravated Assault Callum Smith: We Were Never Going To Get The Canelo Fight Fernando Vargas: Canelo Already One of The All-Time Mexican Greats Jacobs: Gabe Rosado Is Envious; Being Gatekeeper Doesn't Sit Well With Him Salita: Braekhus 'Definitely Not Interested' In Fighting Claressa Shields Vergil Ortiz: I Want To Beat Errol Spence In His Prime By 2022 Ryan Garcia: Beating Gervonta Davis Will Turn Me Into Muhammad Ali Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlo Brothers, Mayweather, Trainers, More Otto Wallin Training Twice a Day To Stay in Shape News: Jordan White, Hassan Azim, MTK Global Inks Deal Whyte Open To UFC Bout: I'd Kick Miocic in The Face, KO Ngannou! Eubank Jr: Me vs. Canelo is Exciting, Canelo-Saunders is Boring 'A Good Life' – Hedgemon Lewis Shannon Briggs Motivated, Will Move Forward With Bare Knuckle Fights Chiquita Gonzalez Eager To Do Exhibition Bout To Help His Area Fury's Coach Confident The 'Kronk Style' Would Take Down Joshua Team Estrada: Chocolatito Rematch Deal Can Be Made in 5 Minutes Yarde Suffers Further Tragedy, Loses Grandmother To Coronavirus Munguia Was Training For Islam, In No Rush For Canelo or Golovkin Hearn Hopes Joshua-Pulev Can 'Take Place At The End Of The Summer' WBSS Fantasy Tournament: Sugar Ray Robinson Blasts Jake LaMotta in Seven Dillian Whyte's WBC Title Shot Will Not Be Delayed, Says Hearn Amir Khan Clarifies Retirement Talk, Tells Hearn 'I'm Not Done Yet' Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev is Officially Postponed Arum: Boxers Get Purses That Are Much, Much Higher Than UFC Guys Joshua Frankham, Fury's Cousin, Inks Pact With Frank Warren Devin Haney: Saunders Will Give Canelo a Run For His Money Ryan Garcia: I'm Going To Get Disrespectful With Gervonta Davis Bob Arum: Brook Won't Quit Against Crawford The Way Khan Quit
Latest Forum Threads