The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will look into allegations that Azerbaijan was promised two gold medals at next year's London Olympics in exchange of cash and could launch its own inquiry, it said on Friday.
A report by British broadcaster BBC on Thursday alleged the International Boxing Association (AIBA) had received a loan of several million dollars from an unnamed private Azeri investor which were meant to secure Olympic success in 2012.
AIBA rejected the claims as “preposterous and untrue” but said it would launch an investigation. “We welcome AIBA’s announcement of an immediate enquiry into these claims and we await the outcome of their investigation,” IOC Communication Director Mark Adams said.
“For its part the IOC takes all allegations of corruption very seriously. And we would urge the BBC to make any evidence they have available to AIBA and to our Ethics Commission which will then determine if further action is necessary,” he said.