Rio 2016 boxing boss Karim Bouzidi ‘reassigned’ after judging storm

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The man in charge of boxing at Rio 2016 has been “reassigned” after the fallout from several disputed judging decisions.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced on Thursday that Franco Falcinelli, president of the European Boxing Confederation, would replace Karim Bouzidi in operational control of the Olympic tournament.

The decision comes after AIBA sent home an unspecified number of judges, admitting “less than a handful” of verdicts had been unacceptable.

An AIBA statement said it had “decided to reassign immediately the current AIBA executive director [Bouzidi] to a new role within the organisation”.

The statement went on: “Since the beginning of Rio 2016, AIBA has conducted over 250 bouts and remains fully committed to fair play in boxing, always seeking to act in the boxers’ utmost interests.

“The decisions taken emphasise that AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level playing field and a fair and transparent sport.”

Ireland’s bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan vowed never again to compete in AIBA competition after losing a controversial decision to Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin on Tuesday.