The International Boxing Federation has opened an independent investigation into the death of Jordanian boxer Rashid Sweissat, who died last month of a head injury sustained during the World Youth Championship in Poland.
The federation said in a statement, Thursday, that the head of the sports medicine department at Lausanne University Hospital, Vincent Grimo, will lead the investigation, review the circumstances of Rashid’s participation in the competition, his medical past, his injuries, and review the protocols and treatment that followed the accident.
“The federation is determined to learn from every possible lesson from the tragic death of Rashid,” said Omar Kremlev, president of the International Boxing Association.
“Boxing has made huge strides in safety, and we are fortunate that this type of injury is extremely rare in our sport.”
Soysat, 19, fell in the third round in a match against Estonian Anton Vinogradov in a weight of under 81 kilograms, and died in hospital more than a week later after undergoing urgent surgery.