AIBA uses AI technology to vet judges and refs at Belgrade worlds

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International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Umar Kremlev attends a quality league up of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games successful Lausanne, Switzerland June 28, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Nov 5 (Reuters) - Boxing's governing AIBA claimed a triumph against corruption and bout manipulation connected Friday aft utilizing military-approved artificial quality to surface judges and referees astatine the satellite championships successful Belgrade.

Retired U.S. boxer Roy Jones Jr, who was infamously robbed of light-middleweight golden astatine the 1988 Seoul Olympics and is an ambassador for the championships that extremity connected Saturday, gave the tourney his seal of approval.

"To accidental the least, I've been precise satisfied with the judging ... I've watched astatine slightest 300 fights and I haven't seen 1 that I thought was corrupt," helium told reporters successful the Serbian capital.

Richard McLaren, whose AIBA-commissioned autarkic probe exposed bout manipulation astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics, said the exertion was utilized successful military, diplomatic and security sectors and analysed the "cognitive functions of the encephalon done dependable responses". work much

He said it "bore nary resemblance whatsoever" to a prevarication detector test.

"The exertion uses pertinent questions, specified arsenic 'have you ever cheated successful a boxing event'. With the usage of specified questions we measurement hazard from an idiosyncratic regarding definite events of manipulation oregon imaginable corruption," helium added.

McLaren said 2 individuals enactment guardant for Belgrade were not approved successful a process that besides featured screening with a cyber-investigation level utilized by instrumentality enforcement agencies.

Two much were removed aft follow-up interviews successful Belgrade.

No authoritative refused to acquisition the process.

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McLaren described it arsenic "a big, huge, historical measurement guardant successful eliminating bout manipulation" and said the exertion could service arsenic a blueprint for different Olympic sports utilizing judges and referees.

"I deliberation the exertion has unthinkable potential," added the Canadian lawyer.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended AIBA successful 2019, stripping it of engagement successful this year's Tokyo Games implicit governance, finance, refereeing and ethical issues. A determination connected Paris 2024 has yet to beryllium taken.

McLaren said the caller vetting process would beryllium "a large aid" to AIBA putting its location successful order.

Separately, the satellite assemblage announced the enactment of an autarkic Boxing Integrity Unit.

It besides said a determination connected whether to postpone to March 2022 the women's satellite championships scheduled for Istanbul successful December would beryllium made adjacent week.

The championships person been formed into uncertainty owed to precocious rates of COVID-19 corruption successful Turkey.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin successful London, editing by Ken Ferris

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