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Boxing referees, judges banned

RIO DE JANEIRO — Several referees and judges have been removed from the Olympic boxing competition after officials reviewed their decisions, fueling suspicion of dubious results in some matches at the Rio Games.

A spokesman for the international federation that governs amateur boxing said Wednesday that the names of the referees and judges dismissed and the matches that were tainted would not be released because he did not want to "besmirch their families."

The international federation, known as AIBA, said in a statement that the committee that reviews officiating had assessed all 239 bouts at the Rio Games through Tuesday and had "determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected."

The move came a day after Michael Conlan, an Irish bantamweight, accused the federation of corruption and suggested that Russian officials had bribed judges. Conlan's accusations came in an expletive-filled tirade after he lost his quarterfinal bout to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Nikitin won a unanimous decision, but many observers believed Conlan should have won.

The decision in the Conlan-Nikitin fight was not the first one at the Rio Games to draw scrutiny. On Monday, the crowd jeered when another Russian fighter, Evgeny Tishchenko, was awarded a unanimous decision in the heavyweight final over Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan, who appeared to have won the bout handily.

Two of the three judges who scored Conlan's bout — Jones Kennedy Silva Do Rosario of Brazil and Udeni Talik Bandara Kiridena of Sri Lanka — returned to officiate Wednesday.

The judges of the heavyweight gold medal match were also unanimous. Only one, however, made a repeat appearance. Armando Carbonell Alvarado of Colombia judged two fights, while Michael Gallagher of Ireland and Kheira Sidi Yakoub of Algeria judged none.

Boxing referees, judges banned 08/17/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:43pm]
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