The International Boxing Association (AIBA) will sue the BBC after it rebroadcast allegations made last year claiming Azerbaijan paid millions in exchange for two Olympic gold medals at the London Games.
In 2011, Newsnight said that an individual from Azerbaijan paid $10m to World Series Boxing (WSB), the professional tournament owned by AIBA, in exchange for the victories.
Inquiries by both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and a special investigation committee set up by AIBA failed to find any wrongdoing, but the BBC reaffirmed its accusations after two Azeri boxers reached the men’s semi-finals to guarantee themselves at least an Olympic bronze medal.
AIBA president CK Wu said his organisation had become angered by the broadcaster’s continual attempts to discredit it, and will now be pursuing legal action.
“I have worked extremely hard over the past six years to clean up Olympic boxing after years of corruption scandals under the previous administration and I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the BBC,” Wu said.