The International Boxing association(AIBA) is coming up with a more transparent and reliable tool to curtail any match crisis in the ring during a boxing match. The association is going to introduce “Protest System” for coaches and Boxers in the 2019 world championship for men, which also happened to be qualifier tournament for the 2020 Olympics.
The system undertaken by the AIBA of scoring is being criticized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on Thursday the AIBA said a provision of protest will be introduced at the 2019 world event to be held in Moscow.
“Noteworthy, is the establishment of a protest system for Coaches and Athletes which has been approved, tested and is set to be implemented in 2019 at the AIBA Men’s World Championships,” the world body said in a statement.
The International Boxing regulatory body AIBA said in a statement that they have been working hard in order to reform its systems most notably about its scoring mechanism which always been bashed by the critics for being spiked and managed.
“Like any other International Sport Federation, AIBA will continuously seek to improve its refereeing and judging and will remain ever vigilant to the fact that we serve our athletes in the first place,” AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets stated.
AIBA claimed that it has fully revamped its systems to “foster a culture of transparency and fair play, in and out of the boxing ring”.
It was 2018 Youth Olympics Games held in Buenos Aires, where the new system was tested for the first time which was followed by the recently concluded Women’s World Championship in Delhi.
Women’s World Championship of Delhi saw a controversial decision when a Bulgarian Boxer accused the Judges of corruption, prompting the AIBA to withdraw her accreditation.
The changes include having five judges score a bout and removal of the President and Executive Director from the appointment and approval process of Referee and Judges.
“AIBA is committed to safe-guarding the integrity of boxing and its competitions on all levels. Collaborating with an independent audit team is just one of the ways we are working hard to ensure we keep our sport clean and our competitions honest,” Virgets said.
AIBA is currently faced with the prospect of Olympic expulsion following controversial Uzbek Gafur Rakhimov’s election as President. The IOC has threatened to drop boxing from the Olympic roster owing to Rakhimov’s alleged links to organised crime.
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