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 Güler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlup?nar contracted the virus at the European qualifiers. The Copper Box in London hosted the qualifies, 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 qualifies continued 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.”


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