A general overview of the fight between the Turkish Necat Ekinci (right) and the Armenian Gurgen Madoyan (blue) on the third day of the Olympic qualification Boxing Road to Tokyo 2020 in London, Monday 16 March 2020. (Adam Davy / PA via AP)
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The IOC said Thursday that there was "no association" between an Olympic boxing tournament it oversaw in London this month and positive coronavirus testing for people who were there.
The Turkish Boxing Association said a boxer and a trainer now had the virus after participating in the Olympic qualifying tournament, which was stopped on March 16 after three of the planned eleven days.
In a statement, the International Olympic Committee said it was "not possible to know the source of the infection".
"Many participants were in independently organized training camps in Italy, Great Britain and their home countries before the competition started on March 14 and returned home some time ago," said the Olympic body.
Responsibility for Olympic boxing was taken over by the IOC last year when it suspended the AIBA governing body. A task force has been appointed to organize a global series of qualifying tournaments with London in which the European round will take place.
The IOC also highlighted the role of the British government in launching the boxing tournament.
"At the time of European qualification in London, many sporting and other events took place in the UK as there were no government restrictions or advice on public events," said the IOC.
In the same week a Champions League game took place in Liverpool and a marquee horse race took place in Cheltenham.
"The (boxing) event was suspended as the COVID-19 situation developed," said the IOC, noting that "precautions" have been taken in London.
No fans were present on the last day of the fighting.
The Olympic Task Force expressed "sympathy for the athletes and officials concerned and wishes them a very quick and complete recovery."
The Turkish team said that boxer Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the corona virus upon their return from London. They spent eight days in a training camp in England before traveling to London.
All team members lived in the same hotel and were quarantined when they returned to Turkey.
The association said Guler and Dumlupinar were being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are waiting for the results of their tests.
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