A day after Irish boxer Michael Conlan went on an angry ranting in Rio, accusing the magistrates and the Amateur International Boxing Association( AIBA) of match-fixing, the AIBA has removed several judges and referees from the remaining Olympics competition.
Despite most commentators thinking that Conlan won his Olympic quarterfinal bout against Russia's Vladimir Nikitin on Tuesday, the magistrates awarded Nikitin two out of three rounds, inspiring Conlan's tirade and, afterward, a fiery tweet directed at Russian president Vladimir Putin.
But, it seems, maybe there was something to Conlan's objections. According to a report by the New York Times , the AIBA removed the magistrates and referees after a review of other Rio outcomes demonstrated questionable results.
In AIBA's statement, the organization said, after reviewing all 239 bouts in rivalry in Rio, that “less than a handful of the decisions were not at the different levels expected, ” but that's still enough to warrant removal of the officials.
According to the Times , Conlan's loss wasn't the only questionable bout with a Russian victor.
On Monday, the crowd jeered when another Russian fighter, Evgeny Tishchenko, was awarded a unanimous decision over Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan, who appeared to have won the bout handily. The decision in the Tishchenko-Levit fight was make use of magistrates from Algeria, Colombia and Ireland. Magistrates from Brazil, Poland and Sri Lanka were working Conlans quarterfinal bout.
On Wednesday, reports began to circulate that Nikitin was so battered by Conlan in their bout that he'd had to withdraw from his scheduled semifinal bout. For now, though, Nikitin is still on the schedule for Thursday's bout.
As for Conlan, he's understandably still salty about research results and the decision to send the officials home didn't truly attain him less angry.
Still, he's not letting the controversial decision stop him from having a good time while he's still in Rio.