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There's Further Reason To Believe Our Boxers Got Screwed Over At The Olympics

There's Further Reason To Believe Our Boxers Got Screwed Over At The Olympics
By PJ Browne Updated

It's nearly two months since Michael Conlan suffered Olympic defeat due to due appalling judging in Rio.

It still hurts, though Conlan's decision to turn pro has somewhat alleviated the pain. Last month, he signed with the US-based Top Rank Promotions. A long and successful career in the pros hopefully awaits.

AIBA - for whom Conlan said he would never fight for again in the wake of his defeat - have been conducting an investigation into events at the Olympics.

During the games, a number of officials were suspended - though not named - for their involvement in some questionable decisions.

AIBA statement on Olympic referees and judges

The organisation have today released a statement saying that all 36 referees and judges who officiated at the Games have been stood down until the conclusion of their investigation.

While the majority of the boxing competition in Rio 2016 was received very positively... a small number of decisions under debate indicated that further reforms in the AIBA R&J (referee and judging) procedures were necessary.

The results of a specific R&J investigation, currently underway, will allow AIBA to fully assess what action needs to be taken.

In the meantime, it has been decided that all 36 R&Js that were used at the Olympic Games will not officiate at any AIBA event until the investigation reaches its conclusion, along with further immediate measures adopted by the commissions.

While it's nothing concrete, it certainly perpetuates the feeling that our boxers were wronged in Rio.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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