The International Olympic Committee's Boxing Task Force has dismissed claims from a Turkish boxing official that it facilitated the spread of coronavirus by allowing this month's qualifying tournament in London to go ahead.

Three members of the Turkish team tested positive for coronavirus after the abandoned qualifiers, but no Irish boxers displayed symptoms after the event and were therefore not tested.

Ireland sent a 13-strong team to London, including former World Elite lightweight champion Kellie Harrington and current European Elite featherweight and middleweight champions Kurt Walker and Aoife O’Rourke.

Before the eventual cancellation of the event, flyweight Brendan Irvine qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games, which have subsequently been postponed until the summer of 2021 at the earliest.

Ireland's high performance director Bernard Dunne wanted his team and support staff tested, but as none displayed any symptoms of the virus this was not carried out.

"I'd like to test all my athletes and all my coaching team and all my support team," Dunne told the Irish Times.

"I’ve asked for it but none of our guys have any of the symptoms or don’t meet the criteria to be tested. Ideally we’d have them tested as soon as they came home. I asked for that to happen. I was informed, unfortunately we can’t do it."

Eyup Gozgec, the president of the Turkish Boxing Federation, told the Guardian that two boxers and their head coach had contracted the virus at the Copper Box Arena. 

"While the whole world was taking extreme measures to deal with the virus, I am baffled that an IOC taskforce and the British government allowed the tournament to start even though many of us had concerns and almost every other sport had shut down," he said.

"It was irresponsible. And as a result, unfortunately three of our team have now tested positive."

There were over 350 boxers from 42 countries due to compete in London before the qualifying event was called off after three days, due to concerns about the worsening coronavirus pandemic and the impact it would have on travel arrangements.

The Boxing Task Force said in a statement: "Some news reports appeared to draw a connection between the affected participants and the Boxing Road to Tokyo European qualifier held in London.

"The London event was suspended 10 days ago, on 16 March 2020, and the BTF is not aware of any link between the competition and the infection.

"Many participants were in independently organised training camps in Italy, Great Britain and in their home countries before the competition started on 14 March 2020 and have returned home a while ago so it is not possible to know the source of infection."