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The governance of boxing has long been corrupt.However, as a sport, boxing is absolutely authentic, and far more competitive than most Olympic sports. You take significant risks when you box, and there's no place in the ring for frauds and paper tigers... Boxing is a rare thing: a genuinely heroic sport.
People die from boxing this is true, but people also die from horse racing motorsport and even cricket. People die. What will all the naysayers say about Rugby when the current crop of players start dying young, ban rugby? Of course not. People box for a variety of reasons but for people just to come here and say it should be banned are ignorant to what the sport offers to those who participate.
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Once this total non-sport boxing is out of the Olympics maybe,hopefully,it will go into decline and wither away and never darken our TV screens again.It is after all just legalised grievous bodily harm when all is said and done.
Why would you love people to train and have their opportunity taken away
They should have thrown it out after the Michael Conlan debacle. Would love to see it thrown out as punishment for clearly corrupt or incompetent officiating.
@22 FingerPuppet - agreed, this isn't a situation where boxers have been caught taking performance enhancing drugs or cheating in some other way, so to punish them and deny them career-making opportunities because of the corrupt actions of officials (whom the boxers themselves have no influence over) doesn't seem fair.
I take on board the comments about dodgy scoring at the Olympics, but to lose it entirely would be very sad. Olympic boxing is a huge stage from which a lot of talented young boxers launch their careers. Without it, a lot, particularly from poorer countries, would never get noticed and so have the opportunity to progress.It's not perfect, but it is a launchpad for young boxers to aspire to.
That's ok, I'd rather they play something less violent like dominoes
Boxing is very popular in Japan, with Murata, who won MW gold in London one of Japan's most popular athletes. As a result, I'm sure the pressure will be great for boxing to get it's house in order. Money is what determines these things, I'm afraid.
@17 Only if showjumping, a sport that only serves to massage the egos of undeserving, overrated toffs, goes first.
Boxing has to be dropped. It serves no Olympic purpose other than massage working class egos.
I feel sorry for the boxers - especially those already planning for 2020. If throwing out the odd corrupt official and/or withholding funding doesn't improve things then the ultimate sanction of removal from the games might actually make a difference
Got to echo the comments of a lot of people here. Every Olympics has thrown up some truly disgraceful decisions and left too many athletes in tears with all their hard work and dreams in ashes. I love boxing but sadly the years have proved that there is definitely corruption and bias in both the amateur and professional sports.
I used to like watching boxing at the Olympics. I don't find it as enjoyable now that they don't show the scores to the viewers. Together with the random scoring it's impossible to know whether a decent punch has scored or not.
My issue with Olympic boxing, is the amount of dodgy marking. How many times, have rightful winners, been cheated out of the decision?
Boxing certainly has a role to play in the Olympics, though there is a very high entry level. How many countries can really compete? The AIBA really has to sort out the scoring process. it has to be fair for those competing and clear for those watching too.
There does seem to be corruption at the highest level of amateur boxing, as there seems to be at the top level of many sports (FIFA anyone?), but removing boxing from the Olympics seems a bit harsh on the boxers themselves, who would be denied the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage through no fault of their own. Easier said than done I know, but punish corrupt officials, not boxers.
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