Probe launched into death of 19-year-old boxer from in-ring head injuries

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The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has initiated an independent investigation after 19-year-old Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat died from head injuries suffered at the Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland last month.

Al-Swaisat required emergency brain surgery after collapsing in the third round of his under-81 kg match against Estonia's Anton Winogradow on April 16. Al-Swaisat remained hospitalized after his surgery before AIBA announced his death 11 days later on April 27

AIBA has commissioned Lausanne University Hospital's head of the Center for Sport Medicine Vincent Gremeaux to conduct the investigation. Gremeaux will analyze Al-Swaisat's injury, his prior medical history and the treatment he received after his injury, according to AIBA.

“AIBA is determined to ensure that we learn every possible lesson from Rashed’s tragic death,” AIBA President Umar Kremlev said in a statement on Thursday. “Boxing has made huge progress in terms of safety and we are fortunate that such injuries are extremely rare in our sport."

AIBA announced on April 30 that its initial review of Al-Swaisat's death determined that the organization's "protocols were properly followed."