AIBA pursuing sanctions against Olympic boxing refs, judges

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Boxing referees and judges that were sent home from the Rio Olympics for failing to properly officiate matches are facing sanctions from the International Boxing Association, according to the Associated Press

An undisclosed number of referees and judges were removed from their positions at the Games after multiple matches drew scrutiny for questionable decisions.

AIBA, which governs boxing at the Olympics, released a statement saying “individuals and associated federations have been forwarded to the disciplinary commission for further investigation, with appropriate actions to follow.”

High-level officials from the organization met in Lausanne this week to review the boxing event at the games. Among the news to come out of the review is the proposal to change the scoring system at the Games.

Currently five judges score matches, with a computer randomly selecting the three scores that will be used to decide the winner. Under the proposed system, the scores from all five judges will be used.

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