AIBA Uses AI Technology to Control Belgrade World Championships Judges and Referees
Nov. 5 (Reuters) – Boxing’s ruling AIBA won a victory against corruption and fight manipulation on Friday after using military-approved artificial intelligence to select judges and referees at the world championships in Belgrade.
Retired American boxer Roy Jones Jr, who was infamous for welterweight gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and is an ambassador for the championships that end on Saturday, gave his seal of approval to the tournament.
“At the very least, I was very satisfied with the judgment… I watched at least 300 fights and I did not see any that I believed corrupted,” he told reporters in the Serbian capital.
Richard McLaren, whose independent investigation commissioned by AIBA uncovered combat manipulation at the Rio 2016 Olympics, said the technology was being used in the military, diplomatic and insurance sectors and analyzed the “cognitive functions of the brain through vocal responses “. Read more
He said it “looked nothing like” a lie detector test.
“The technology uses relevant questions, such as“ have you ever cheated at a boxing event. ”With the use of such questions, we measure an individual’s risk regarding certain events of potential manipulation or corruption. “, he added.
McLaren said two people proposed for Belgrade had not been approved in a process that also included screening with a cyber-investigation platform used by law enforcement.
Two others were withdrawn after follow-up talks in Belgrade.
No official refused to undergo the process.
McLaren described it as “a big, huge and historic step forward in eliminating combat manipulation” and said the technology could serve as a model for other Olympic sports using judges and referees.
“I think the technology has incredible potential,” added the Canadian lawyer.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended AIBA in 2019, stripping it of any involvement in this year’s Tokyo Games on issues of governance, finance, refereeing and ethics. A decision on Paris 2024 has not yet been made.
McLaren said the new verification process would be “a big help” for AIBA to tidy up its house.
Separately, the world body announced the formation of an independent boxing integrity unit.
He also said a decision on whether or not to postpone the women’s world championships scheduled for Istanbul in December to March 2022 would be made next week.
The championships have been called into question due to the high rates of COVID-19 infection in Turkey.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris
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