Boxing: Irish bantamweight blasts 'corrupt' AIBA
By Alan Baldwin
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Irish bantamweight Michael Conlan blasted Olympic boxing body AIBA as 'corrupt' on Tuesday in an expletive-laden rant at the judging after losing to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals.
Saying he had been robbed of a rightful win, and vowing never to fight again in any AIBA-organized competition, the world champion also accused Russia of influencing judges.
"AIBA are just corrupt. They've robbed me of my Olympic dream," he told reporters after losing on points in a unanimous decision that, to some observers, seemed at odds with what they had witnessed.
"Obviously Russia can't dope this time so they are obviously paying the judges a lot more," he added.
"I will never box an AIBA competition again. Not APB, not WSB, not world championships or Olympic Games. Corruption runs deep... I just think they are rotten to the core."
An AIBA spokesman said Conlan was a champion who came to Rio with high expectations and was understandably disappointed to have lost.
"Afterwards, it's his personal judgement," he said. "All I can say is that AIBA is striving for a fair, level playing field.
"The idea is not to benefit one country towards another, we represent 200 national federations. These statements are groundless but he's free to have his opinion." Continued...