Boxing judges, referees sent home after controversial decisions

3:20 | Olympics
Is NBC hiding corrupt Olympic boxing matches from viewers?
Wednesday August 17th, 2016

A number of boxing judges and referees have been sent home from Rio after match decisions have come under question.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) claims that only a few of the 239 matches have finished with suspect decisions, and that no decisions would be overturned.

In a statement, the organization addressed the dismissal of the judges and referees.

“The concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the statement read via Sky Sports.

“AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and is fully committed… [to] always acting in the boxers’ utmost interest.”

Corruption in Olympic boxing was again brought to public attention after Irish boxer Michael Conlan lashed out at AIBA following his loss to Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

On Tuesday, longtime boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas told SI Now that he believes NBC does not televise Olympic boxing in an effort to stop the public from seeing corrupt matches. 


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