Turkish Boxing Chief Slams London Olympic Event Over Coronavirus
Zeeshan Mehtab 3 days ago Thu 26th March 2020 | 05:55 PM
Turkey's boxing federation on Thursday slammed organisers of an Olympic qualifying tournament in London after three Turkish fighters and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus
Istanbul, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :Turkey's boxing federation on Thursday slammed organisers of an Olympic qualifying tournament in London after three Turkish fighters and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus.
"The International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force and the local committee in London -- responsible for the organisation -- acted as if nothing happened rather than postpone the tournament over coronavirus while every corner of the world has been on fire since December," Eyup Gozgec, president of the Turkish Boxing Federation, told AFP in a phone interview.
Gozgec, who is also the vice-president of the European Boxing Confederation, said his team went to London on March 11 to prepare for the tournament but found no protective measures in place at their hotel or elsewhere.
"There were no protective measures in the hotels we were staying, whether it be hygenic disinfectants, gloves or a warning sign," he told AFP.
There was neither a warning nor any other measure as if the virus had not visited there." - 'Failed the test'- Organisers of the boxing qualifiers said before the event started that measures had been put in place to protect competitors.
"All of the teams have been told to adopt regular hand washing," they said in a statement.
Additional measures offered included routine temperature testing as part of daily medicals.
"Some of our fighters are under quarantine in dormitories, and some are in their homes," he said. "I am also on my 9th day of quarantine. I'm in good health." Gozgec said he lodged complaints to relevant world bodies saying the London event should have never been held while welcoming its suspension as a "right decision".
Gozgec said everyone including his family warned him not to go.