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Military grade AI tool to remove corruption in Boxing

Date: 09 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

To weed out corruption in judging, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) has employed military-approved artificial intelligence voice analysis and cyber technology systems.

 

Background

The system was used for the first time on judges and referees at the recently-concluded men’s World Championships in Belgrade.

 

Details

  • 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.

 

The process

  • 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.