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Boxing scandal ensnares another

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The International Boxing Association reassigned its executive director Thursday after examining the Olympics' judging and refereeing. The association assigned Karim Bouzidi to a new role but declined to elaborate on the reason.

Bouzidi was in charge of operating the Olympic tournament. Those duties will be handled for the tournament's final four days by Franco Falcinelli, a vice president of the association's executive board and the president of the European Boxing Confederation.

The governing body dismissed an unspecified number of referees and judges from the Olympics on Wednesday after determining that "less than a handful" of bouts had been incompetently officiated. It declined to name the judges or state the reasons for their dismissals.

Most bouts had gone off without complaint until two conspicuous results favored Russians early this week. Officials from both bouts were still working at the Olympics on Wednesday.

Two doping ousters: A Chinese swimmer and a Brazilian road cyclist were disqualified from the Games after failing doping tests. The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued final verdicts in the cases of swimmer Chen Xinyi and cyclist Kleber Ramos. Chen, who finished fourth in the 100-meter butterfly, had previously accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive for a diuretic. Her fourth-place result was annulled. Ramos tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in a pre-Games test July 31. He had accepted a provisional suspension and did not request a hearing. Ramos competed in the men's road race Aug. 6; he failed to finish.

Ticket scalping: International Olympic Committee executive Patrick Hickey was discharged from a hospital and went straight to a police station to be questioned about a ticket scalping investigation. The 71-year-old Irishman was arrested in a dawn raid Wednesday at the IOC hotel. He was immediately hospitalized with chest pains. Hickey faces charges of conspiracy, ticket scalping and ambush marketing after allegations by Brazilian authorities that he was part of a plot to make $3 million by illegally selling tickets above face value. IOC vice president John Coates said Hickey had no idea about such a plot.

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