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Boxing Body Pursues Sanctions Against Games' Refs, Judges

AIBA says its officials must comply with codes of "respect, fairness, integrity and transparency"
By The News · 31 of August 2016 07:26:15
Yoel Finol of Venezuela listens to the referee during his bout at the Olympic Games in Rio, No available, photo: Reuters/Peter Cziborra

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Boxing Association is pursuing disciplinary action against the referees and judges sent home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for failing to properly officiate fights.

AIBA says “individuals and associated federations have been forwarded to the disciplinary commission for further investigation, with appropriate actions to follow.”

An unspecified number or referees and judges were dismissed during the Olympics after AIBA determined they had not met its standards of competence.

AIBA commissions met in Lausanne this week to review the Olympic boxing tournament, in which a handful of questionable decisions led to widespread condemnation of the judging and refereeing.

AIBA says its officials must comply with codes of “respect, fairness, integrity and transparency.”

The federation is also considering the introduction of a five-judge scoring system and a review of the certification process for referees and judges.