TOI Impact: AIBA opens investigation into allegations of rigging by Amit Panghal | Boxing News
The AIBA ordered its Arbitration and Judging Commission (A&J) to conduct an “immediate investigation into the work of all designated officials concerned (at the tournament) and to report their findings to the Disciplinary Commission of the ‘AIBA as soon as possible, to determine whether there is a case to respond or not. “He added:” If so, the disciplinary committee will authorize an immediate review by an independent expert to determine whether any decisions incorrect were taken due to lack of skill, manipulation or corruption. ”
In an exclusive interview with TOI upon his return from Dubai on Tuesday, Panghal alleged manipulation of the score during his fight against Zoirov. He further alleged that the judges officiating the fight wanted Zoirov to win because of the “influence” wielded by the powerful boxing federations in the Central Asian regions of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Panghal, linked to the Tokyo Olympics, narrowly lost (2-3) against the Uzbek pugilist in the flyweight category, despite extremely good performances in the second and third rounds. The controversial decision was contested by the management of the Indian team, but the jury commission refused to consider the fight.
Reacting to the claims, AIBA informed that it was aware of potential issues and allegations regarding the judgment of some bouts at the Asian Championships in Dubai and took the allegations “very seriously”.