The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has launched an independent investigation into the death of a young Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat, who died after a head injury at the Youth World Cup in Poland last month.
19-year-old Al-Swaisat was hospitalized for emergency surgery after collapsing under 81 kg with Estonian Anton Vinogradov in the third round of his competition.
Al-Swaisat later died after spending more than a week in the hospital.
Vincent Gremeaux, head of the Center for Sports Medicine at the University Hospital Lausanne, will lead the probe, the world association said in a statement on Thursday.
“I am pleased to be able to support AIBA on this matter,” said Gremeaux.
“My specific duties as an independent expert are to clarify the exact course of the events that led to the boxer’s death and to review the protocols and treatments that were followed and administered to the accident.”
Gremeaux will review the circumstances of Rashed’s participation in the competition, his medical history, injury, treatment, and the protocols followed on that occasion.
“AIBA is determined to ensure that we learn every possible lesson from Rashed’s tragic death,” said AIBA President Umar Kremlev.
“Boxing has made great strides in terms of safety and we are fortunate that such injuries are extremely rare in our sport.”