Irish boxers were warned about gambling before the Olympics

All Irish boxers were “fully informed” ahead of the Olympic Games that they were not allowed to bet on any other events in Rio, Irish Athletic Boxing Association president Pat Ryan (IABA) has confirmed.

And the IABA expects to take “appropriate action” against any boxers found to have broken their Olympic contracts.

Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Ryan said: “All the Olympians have signed contracts and the contracts are very explicit. There are regulations in it on gambling which bans them from participating in betting on Olympic events and providing inside information to gamblers. So it’s very explicit and they are fully aware of this regulation.

“The contracts have been really very explicit and they have been fully informed of the contract’s content.”

Two boxers are facing disciplinary action from the International Olympic Committee for alleged gambling during Games but the IABA could also impose its own sanctions.

“We have our own disciplinary procedure and that will be followed,” Ryan said.

“I think it’s important and appropriate that we allow due process to take place before we make any further comment. I think over the coming days we will get an opportunity to discuss all matters pertaining to this issue with the boxers.”

Ryan was not in a position to name the boxers accused.

“I am awaiting a report from the International Olympic Committee and when completed and when I receive the manager’s report of the Olympic team, we’ll be in a better position to answer those questions.”

But he backed the OCI’s gambling policy.

“Basically, it bans participants from betting on Olympic events and from providing inside information to gamblers. I think this regulation would be very appropriate for us to implement as part of our policy and procedures.”

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) will continue to discuss the Olympic controversies today at an emergency meeting at their Lausanne headquarters. And after the furore around the adjudication of Michael Conlan and Katie Taylor’s fights, Ryan said the IABA is “duty-bound” to make its feelings known to the AIBA.

“We are duty bound to make a proposal and a submission to AIBA and it’s a great opportunity for us and all federations in AIBA to put forward findings and submissions to try and help and assist AIBA improve as a world governing body. I think the one area we really, really have to focus on is the judging and the scoring system. They’re the areas where all the controversy have come from.”


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