News | Aug 18 2016

Where have the seven five-star AIBA judges gone?

The seven top ranked AIBA judges have not featured in the last two days of boxing at the Olympic Games, observes John Dennen
AIBA judges
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A number of unnamed referee judges were stood down from the Olympic boxing competition yesterday because, according to AIBA, “less than a handful” of the judges’ decisions were not up to standard. There has been an outcry at several decisions here, including the Olympic heavyweight final.

After that revelation, none of the AIBA five star referees and judges have officiated at any of the contests on Wednesday and Thursday. Up until yesterday (August 17) the five star referees and judges had officiated at every day of the competition, featuring in many of the bouts in any given session.

There are seven five star judges. They are Ireland’s Michael Gallagher, England’s Mik Basi, Kazakhstan’s Rakhymzhan Rysbayev, Poland’s Mariusz Gorny, Russia’s Vladislav Malyshev, Argentina’s Gerardo Poggi and Algeria’s Kheira Sidi Yakoub.