To weed out corruption in judging, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) has employed military-approved artificial intelligence voice analysis and cyber technology systems.
The system was used for the first time on judges and referees at the recently-concluded men’s World Championships in Belgrade.
The tool consists of an automated phone questionnaire that grades officials as low, medium or high risk.
The grading is done based on an artificial intelligence voice analysis system. No officials refused for the tests to determine corruption.
The cognitive function is measured using the caller’s responses to questions such as “Have you ever cheated in a boxing event?”
The technology is different from lie detector tests and is usually used in military, diplomatic and insurance sectors.
The responses to the questions will help in getting an idea about certain events of manipulation or potential corruption.
A military-approved cyber technology was used to conduct background research of potential officials. Social media profiles, business interests and other serious concerns were identified.
The phone questionnaire was part of second phase of segregation. Two potential officials were removed during the first phase and two others after the second phase.
Need for screening
An independent report had claimed that judges were involved in fixing bouts during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
There were proofs of cheating, bribery, corruption and manipulation to give results favourable to certain contestant.
After finding such illegal issues, the International Olympic Committee suspended AIBA. There were concerns regarding boxing body’s governance, finances and refereeing and judging.