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Games could dump boxing, warns Hamill

By David Kelly

Published 19/08/2016

Furious: Belfast man Michael Conlan
Furious: Belfast man Michael Conlan

Top coach and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gerry Hamill says he fears for the future of boxing at the Olympics after a series of poor decisions at the Games in Rio.

Hamill, who competed at the 1976 Games before winning Commonwealth gold two years later, watched on in horror as Michael Conlan was dumped out of the Olympics earlier this week after a terrible decision by the judges which came 24 hours after Russian Evgeny Tishchenko was roundly booed after being given the gold medal in the heavyweight final.

The boos continued when Tishchenko walked onto the podium, while Belfast man Conlan let rip live on TV, describing the governing body AIBA as "cheats".

Hamill said: "It wouldn't surprise me if boxing wasn't in the Olympics in the future. The Olympics doesn't need this kind of bad publicity. Some of the decisions have brought the sport into disrepute."

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