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Tokyo 2020: Rio Olympics boxing referees and judges barred from officiating at next summer’s tournament

Boxing referees and judges involved at the Rio Olympics will not be allowed to officiate at Tokyo 2020.

On Wednesday, an International Olympic Committee task force confirmed all 36 officials who worked in Brazil will not feature at next year’s tournament.

The officials were all suspended in the wake of the 2016 games following allegations that Olympic fights were fixed.

Michael Conlan’s fight in Rio was one alleged to have been fixed

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Michael Conlan’s fight in Rio was one alleged to have been fixed

“The main objective of the IOC boxing task force is to ensure the completion of the mission of delivering events, while putting the boxers first, and with transparent and credible sporting results and fair play,” boxing task force chair Morinari Watanabe said.

Scores from all judges at the end of each round will also now be displayed publicly during qualifying competitions and the Games.


A number of questionable decisions in 2016 meant several judges and referees were sent home from Brazil while the Olympics was still ongoing.

Michael Conlan’s controversial loss to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals, which denied the Northern Ireland featherweight the chance of a second Olympic medal, was one fight steeped in controversy.

An emotional Conlan memorably made his feelings clear to the judges at ringside, raising his middle finger

“My dream has been shattered. It’s been robbed,” said Conlan, who is unbeaten in 12 fights since turning professional in 2017.

Conlan has won all 12 fights since turning pro in 2017

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Conlan has won all 12 fights since turning pro in 2017

“I came for gold and I’ve been cheated. I’ll not do another Olympics. I would advise anybody not to compete for the AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association).

“At the end of the first round, it had been so easy, so comfortable, I wasn’t even out of breath. I said ‘I’ll win this easy’. But I was told I was down. I had to go to war.

“I fought him at his own game. I pulled back that second round then I outfought him in the last round.

“I’ve been robbed of my Olympic dream.”

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