Boxing could be banned from Rio games

The sport could be banned from the Olympics after the governing body failed to carry out a single out of competition doping test last year

Boxing could be banned from Rio games

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Boxing's participation in this summer's Olympic games has been plunged into doubt following revelations that the sport's governing body failed to carry out required doping tests last year. 

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) carried out no out-of-competition drugs tests in all of last year and only one in the year previous, meaning the figures could be deemed non-compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) regulations and therefore be expelled from the Rio games. 

Testing since London 2012 by AIBA was branded as 'almost non-existent' in a secret report carried out by Wada last year.

The report also stated that the anti-doping programme had fallen 'considerably short' of the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code, while the one test that was carried out in 2014 and 2015 was the lowest number of all 28 summer Olympic sports. 

Katie Taylor celebrates winning olympic gold in 2012
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Boxing has usually been a source of joy for Ireland at the Olympics, with four of the five medals won at London 2012 and 16 out of 28 total medals earned in the ring. 

A Wada spokeswoman said: “The focus of the Partnership to Quality Program is to identify areas of improvement and to support the IF (International Sports Federation) in addressing them.

"This is a dynamic process, which includes a two-day visit as a starting point, but also involves regular follow-up contacts to ensure that the recommendations made by the Wada team are put into practice by the IF.

John Joe Nevin (Blue) in action against Lazaro Alvarez Estrada (Red) of Cuba in London 2012
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“If Wada considers that there is no or too little follow-up from an IF – or any ADO (anti-doping organisation) – in terms of implementation and/or insufficient practice of the 2015 code, it can refer the case for review at any time to its independent compliance review committee, which can in turn make recommendations to Wada’s foundation board regarding compliance.
 
"This is not the case with AIBA to date.”