Thursday 18 January 2018

Boxing and Iranian TV go on defensive

GIVEN Ireland's massive boxing hopes, it's worth noting that allegations of corruption have once again been raised around Olympic pugilism.

Turkmenistan referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov was first to be expelled from London by boxing's international federation (AIBA) for failing to stop a fight in which an Azerbaijani was knocked down six times yet still won. The AIBA reversed the decision and threw the ref out.

An Azerbaijani technical official was also sent home after communicating with his own federation, which is illegal under the rules.

And German referee Frank Scharmach received a five-day ban for being too quick with his warnings to Iran's Ali Mazaheri.

That reminds us; we had an instructive chat with a member of Iran's national sports channel yesterday, who have a crew of about 30 here working.

"Any women among you?" we wondered, with our tongue firmly in cheek.

"No," he replied.

"But, and excuse me for saying to you, we are not gay!" he clarified, promptly whipping out his phone to show me pictures of his wife and grandchildren, presumably as proof.

Irish Independent

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