The International Boxing Association has ordered an investigation into Boxing Canada, following numerous allegations of abuse made by athletes.

The directors of the IBA gave their approval “in order to ensure the safety of members of the boxing community, in accordance with the IBA policy against harassment and abuse”.

Disciplinary proceedings have also been initiated against Boxing Canada.

Boxing Canada’s high performance director, Daniel Trépanier, resigned on Sunday, four days after dozens of active and retired boxers — including three-time world champion Mary Spencer and 11-time Canadian title holder Mandy Bujold — signed a letter addressed to to Sport Canada about the “toxic culture of fear and silence”. They then demanded an independent investigation and the resignation of Trépanier.

The athletes described the hostile environment in which they had to evolve, marked by homophobic, misogynistic and sexist comments. They also said they feared for their safety — some claim they were forced to train despite suffering from concussion symptoms — and pointed out that funding was done subjectively, with favoritism coloring every selection decision. ‘team.

The IBA has withdrawn Trépanier’s accreditation for the Women’s World Boxing Championships which began Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, although Boxing Canada has said it has no plans to attend.


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