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No Olympic men’s boxing headgear, IOC confirms

Cam Awesome

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, Derae Crane and Cam Awesome, left, compete in the U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials in Reno, Nev. Facial cuts have become a problem for many Olympic boxing hopefuls fighting toward the Rio Games, where they won’t wear headgear. Cuts have sidelined several boxers at the normally bloodless U.S. team trials this week, adding fuel to the complaints of athletes and trainers who believe head guards are safer and more practical for Olympic-style competition. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Male boxers won’t be wearing protective headgear at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, adopted the change for amateur fighters three years ago, and the decision was widely considered a formality for the Olympics.

The move received official clearance Tuesday when the IOC executive board said it was up to AIBA to apply its own rules and the Olympic body would not interfere.

AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu said, although fighters are more prone to cuts without the head guards, the change will result in a decrease in concussions.

Female fighters will continue to wear headgear.

Boxers have worn headgear in every Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

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