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Boxing: Undisclosed number of judges, referees removed from Olympics

Boxing - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia celebrates winning the gold medal after the mens heavyweight 91kg next to Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the Boxing at Riocentro on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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The International Boxing Association did not take accusations of impropriety in Rio lightly, and has removed an undisclosed number of officials from the Olympics.

The AIBA says the results will stand, but that “less than a handful” of the first 239 fights were referee or judged in an incompetent manner.

Russian favorite Evgeny Tishchenko was awarded a victory in a fight many believed went to Kazakhstan’s Vasiliy Levit, and Irish boxer Michael Conlon went on a wild rant after losing a fight.

On a lesser note, USA boxer Gary Russell missed advancing because of a split second round that seemed anything but.

From NBC Olympics.com:

AIBA executive board member Tom Virgets told The Associated Press that the result is likely to be a catalyst for changes in the organization’s judging criteria.

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