Several Olympic boxing officials dropped

A number of judges and referees have been sent home from the Olympic Games following a review by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

The move comes after several controversial decisions in Olympic boxing matches.

Despite the drastic step, the federation concluded in its review that "less than a handful" of decisions were not up to the level expected from judges.

"The concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," the body said.  

"AIBA will not shy away from its responsibilities and is fully committed… [to] always acting in the boxers' utmost interest.

"The Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of all sports and boxing has been part of this since 1904. It is essential AIBA stands to the values of respect, sportsmanship, excellence and remains committed to a fair and transparent sport."

AIBA also confirmed that all results to date would stand.

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