The amateur boxing world governing body has suspended all 36 referees and judges who officiated during the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
As reported by The Guardian the Amateur International Boxing Association has made the decision pending an ongoing investigation over the officials’ performances during the games.
The boxing tournament in Brazil saw, for the first time, a 10 point must system implemented at the Games. However, this lead to controversy after several highly criticised decisions, leading to complaints from competitors, media and fans alike.
Most notably, Irish boxer Michael Conlan publicly rallied against corruption, following a questionable decision loss in the bantamweight quarter-finals to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin.
The Irishman spoke live after his defeat, stating:
“They’re known for being cheats. Amateur boxing stinks from the core right to the top…I think boxing is dead. It’s about whoever pays the most money."
Other controversial decisions included another Russian, heavyweight Evgeny Tischchenko, after he won gold, beating Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit. The Russian was showered with boos by the arena crowd after the decision was announced.
American light heavyweight Gary Antuanne Russell and his father, along with former multiple world champion Floyd Mayweather, expressed his disgust after his loss to Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.
During the Olympics themselves, several judges were removed from their officiating duties after review.
Irishman Conlan has expressed his desire to never fight amateur again, after the incidents at the games and the Amateur International Boxing Association president, Dr. CK Wu, described the games as a “watershed” moment for amateur boxing.
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