London Olympics boxing scandal that follows badminton scandal is not a good publicity for International Olympic Committee (IOC), says Raaj Datta of NVONews.Com
The cash for medal scandal in boxing at the London Olympics has turned into a legal bout between the BBC and the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The Boxing’s governing body announced Saturday that it will not let off BBC easily citing the repeated allegations on its channel.
BBC repeated Friday that the allegations it made against the governing body were true – BBC referred to the Newsnight documentary aired last September that Azerbaijan paid $10 million to the authorities in return for two gold medals.
The claim was investigated by the IOC and AIBA, but failed to find any evidence that suggested any truth in the allegations. Now, they are in the process of suing BBC.
In the meantime, both the boxers from Azerbaijan, heavyweight Teymur Mammadov and super heavyweight Magomedrasul Medzhidov have both lost their semi-finals, but have managed bronze medals.
How did the allegations spread like wildfire?
The current scoring system is still an enigma for most boxers and their managers. Even though a boxer lands more punches than the opponent, the points are not given as expected. The Mohammad Ali-style doesn’t actually work here. There is a lot of difference from how the professional bouts are awarded scores.
There is a lot of difference between how it happens and how it is actually perceived at the end.
There have been an awful lot of appeals in the London Olympics and the picture, irrespective of what is fact or ignorance, isn’t looking bright. Not for the officials at least.
This is not the first time that allegations are making rounds of the media. There have been reported incidences in the Seoul Olympics – the most famous being the U.S. boxer Roy Jones Junior losing out to his South Korean opponent.
The computer scoring system might be scrapped after all
Wu Ching-Kuo, the president of boxing’s governing body AIBA, is looking forward to replace the computer scoring system the judging system used in professional boxing before the 2016 Olympics.
The shift will have a major impact on amateur boxing, and hopefully positive. Wu said that referees and judges will need to undergo training before the changes can be applied, but he was positive about the changes to reflect in the next Olympics.
With the new scoring system in place, the in-ring fight too will change. If AIBA has its way, we might not see the protective headgear in men’s boxing. Wu also plans to increase women’s participation, following the success of women’s boxing in the London Olympics.
How will it differ from the current scoring system?
Amateur boxing is losing its sheen in many countries where professional boxing is gaining prominence. Amateur boxers will have to train differently to record a score.
AIBA plans to introduce the 10-point scoring system used in professional boxing currently. The new system will take into consideration every aspect of a boxer’s skill, not simply the capability to hit punches.
Wu is confident that it will bring back the charisma in the fighters and the fight. The system is expected to ensure that the better boxer wins.