Rio 2016: New official takes charge of boxing


The International Boxing Association (AIBA) further moved to protect the sport at Rio 2016, putting a new man in charge for the final days of competition at the Games.

Boxing at the Olympics has been subject to several controversial calls, with a high-profile case involving Ireland's Michael Conlan, who lost by unanimous decision to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight competition on Tuesday.

Conlan later told RTE that "amateur boxing stinks from the core to the top", before some referees and judges were omitted from the rest of the Olympics after AIBA said some decisions were "not at the level expected".

And the governing body took another step on Thursday, changing its head official at the Games.

A statement read: "Further to the decision taken yesterday by AIBA with regard to the reassessment of the judges and referees officiating during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the AIBA Vice presidents and executive board members have decided to reassign with immediate effect the current AIBA executive director to a new role within the organisation.

"Consequently, the operational responsibilities for the remainder of the Olympic Boxing Competition will now fall under the responsibilities of the most senior Vice President of the AIBA Executive Board, Mr Franco Falcinelli, president of the European Boxing Confederation.

"The Olympic Games, of which Boxing has been a part since 1904, represent the pinnacle of all sports. Since the beginning of Rio 2016, AIBA has conducted over 250 bouts and remains fully committed to fair play in boxing, always seeking to act in the boxers' utmost interests.

"The decisions taken emphasise that AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level playing field and a fair and transparent sport. It is of paramount importance to protect our sport and its R&J community whose integrity has been put into question."