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Joe Joyce had to settle for silver after losing to a split decision
British boxer Joe Joyce “trusts” he will receive an Olympic gold medal after an independent investigation found officials tampered with the results of the 2016 Rio Games.
Joyce’s super heavyweight final, in which he lost to Frenchman Tony Yoka, was one of 11 “suspicious” fights.
Professor Richard McLaren, the head of the investigation, said a A system for manipulating battles was in place.
“I firmly believe that I was the winner and deserved the gold,” said Joyce.
The 36-year-old, who said the discovery of the manipulation was “sad to see,” added: “The day I didn’t get that decision, I accepted it at the time.
“I scanned the McLaren report and read that there was corruption in it [governing body] AIBA and this corruption influenced the outcome of my gold medal match with Tony Yoka.
“When corruption has happened, and it appears that it has happened, I trust the AIBA and the IOC [International Olympic Committee] will ensure the integrity of the sport and award me the gold medal.
“I will examine the report in detail with my legal department and await the decision of the AIBA and the IOC. Corruption should never be successful.”
In his report, Professor McLaren said the “seeds” for corruption were sown years before the Rio Games.
He found that the tampering structure within AIBA became possible because key personnel decided that the rules did not apply to them.
The key to the success of corruption was the “toleration, consent and complicit recognition and support” of the then CEO Karim Bouzidi and the then President Wu Ching-kuo.
The IOC has not yet commented on the results of the investigation.