An unspecified number of boxing judges have supposedly been dropped from officiating at the Olympics following the huge criticism of decisions made over the last two days.
In a statement, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) admitted that a “handful of decisions had not been at the level expected”.
“Following recent judging decisions and after carrying out a thorough examination by the relevant Commission, AIBA has decided to take immediate and appropriate actions,” they said.
“Since the beginning of the Olympic Games, AIBA has conducted 239 bouts.
“The AIBA R&J (Referees and Judging) Commission has reviewed all decisions and determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected and consequently it has been decided in accordance with the AIBA R&J Evaluation Committee that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
But, “in accordance with AIBA Rules” the results of all the bouts will stand.
First, there was controversy in the men’s under 91 kilograms heavyweight final when Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko was ruled the unanimous winner over Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit even though he appeared to be on the back foot for most of the contest.
In the final round he fell to the canvas and required treatment for a cut after a barrage of punches. His victory was greeted by loud boos from the crowd.-Insidetegames