Olympics: Boxing 'reassigns' top official in decisions fall-out

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Olympic boxing's governing body has "reassigned" the man responsible for running the Rio Games boxing, it said Thursday, a day after sending home an undisclosed number of officials in the fall-out over judging decisions.

Several fighters and trainers have lambasted the International Boxing Association (Aiba) after at least two controversial judging decisions in recent days threatened to overshadow the boxing competition in Rio.

On Wednesday the Aiba said it had carried out an assessment of the officiating in Rio and as a result dropped some referees and judges - it did not say how many or who - over "less than a handful of decisions not at the level expected".

It did not say which bouts were affected.

On Thursday the Aiba said in a statement that said senior officials had "decided to reassign immediately the current Aiba executive director to a new role within the organisation".

That means operational responsibilities for the remainder of the Olympic boxing will be taken over by Franco Falcinelli, president of the European Boxing Confederation, at the expense of Karim Bouzidi.

"Since the beginning of Rio 2016, Aiba has conducted over 250 bouts and remains fully committed to fair play in boxing, always seeking to act in the boxers' utmost interests," said the statement.

"The decisions taken emphasise that Aiba will not shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level-playing field and a fair and transparent sport."