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AIBA outlines its 'zero tolerance policy towards fair play in boxing' in embarrassing gaffe

The AIBA have released a second statement in two days as the controversy surrounding judges decisions made at the Rio Olympics intensifies.

AIBA Executive Director Karim Bouzidi  has been 'reassigned' and the running of the Olympic boxing tournament will now be taken over by Vice President of AIBA Executive Board Franco Falcinelli.

Their statement did include an embarrassing line where they claimed they were 'committed to a zero tolerance policy towards fair play in boxing'.

In a statement, the AIBA said: "Further to the decision taken yesterday by AIBA with regard to the reassessment of the judges and referees officiating during Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the AIBA Vice Presidents and Executive Board members have decided to reassign immediately the current AIBA Executive Director to a new role within the organization.

"Consequently, the operational responsibilities for the remainder of the Olympic Boxing Competition will now fall under the responsibilities of the most senior Vice President of the AIBA Executive Board, Mr Franco Falcinelli, President of the European Boxing Confederation.

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"The Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of all sports and Boxing has been part of this since 1904. Since the beginning of Rio 2016, AIBA has conducted 250 bouts and remains fully committed to a zero tolerance policy towards fair play in boxing always acting in the boxers’ utmost interest.

"The latest decisions taken emphasised AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level playing field and a fair and transparent sport. It is of paramount importance to protect our sport and its R&J community whose integrity is constantly put into question."

The AIBA expelled a "handful" of referees and judges involved in controversial decisions during the Rio Games yesterday.

Controversy has centred on Monday night's heavyweight final, in which Russia's Evgeny Tischenko won a verdict over Vasilliy Levit of Kazakhstan, and the defeat for Ireland's Michael Conlan to another Russian, Vladimir Nikitin, on Tuesday.

Nikitin was unable to fight in his semi-final due to injuries sustained in his opening two bouts of the Games.

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