News | Oct 06 2016

AIBA stand down every Olympic judge as they investigate Rio 2016 scoring

AIBA axe the draw commission, disband five-star judging programme and stand down every Olympic official as investigation continues, writes John Dennen
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AIBA, the international federation for Olympic boxing, held meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland for the Referees and Judges Commission and the Technical and Rules Commission from October 3-5 to discuss the fallout from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. All the Olympic judges will be stood down from officiating while AIBA conducts an investigation into what went on in Rio.

There was an outcry over several controversial decisions at the 2016 Games, notably the heavyweight final that saw Evgeny Tishenko get a decision over Vassily Levit and Michael Conlan’s shock lost to Vladimir Nikitin. During the Olympic tournament a number of judges were stood down and executive director Karim Bouzidi was removed from his position. The decision taken in Lausanne means that none of the 36 referees and judges involved in Rio 2016 will officiate in the sport until AIBA has completed its investigation.

AIBA has also said it will disband it’s five star referee and judge certification programme. The five star judges disappeared from the Olympic competition in Rio after AIBA suspended certain officials. They will also axe the draw commission, the three person panel which selected which officials would be involved in which contest. AIBA has recommended that the draw for official be automated by Swiss Timing.