I’m not watching the Olympics. If I wanted to watch a bunch of chicks splashing around in a pool I’d go to the one by my house. Well, I would if I wasn’t banned for being a creepo pervert. They can’t police the bushes, though. But in addition to being a home for a ton of lame sports no one cares about, they also took some of the cool sports and totally wussified them. Every time people talk about MMA in the Olympics I point to boxing and say “You wanna see that done to us?”
The last time out, we talked about the controversies with the “countback” scores and the bizarre circumstances surrounding Satoshi Shimizu’s fight with Magomed Abdulhamidov and Ali Mazaheri’s bout with Jose Larduet. The referee in the former was expelled from the games, the latter suspended for five days.
Except, not really. The suspended referee, Frank Scharmach, was a judge not two days later in a fight between India’s Krishan Vikas and America’s Errol Spence, a flat-out robbery that was later overturned by the AIBA.
And things only got worse from there.
The heavyweight quarterfinals yesterday featured not one, but four controversial scores, two particularly egregious.
Siarhei Karneyeu of Belarus lost a 19-19 bout on countback scores despite his opponent constantly, and with no warning or penalty, holding him, a penalty under AIBA rules. Cuba’s Jose Larduet — whose previous bout was also steeped in controversy — was screwed 12-10 against Italy’s Clemente Russo, whose primary tactic was also hugging.
Both the Cuban and Belarusan squads filed appeals and got shot down. And this is despite their main grievance, unpenalized holding, being the reason Spence’s loss to Vikas was overturned.
To cap it all off, both Karneyeu’s opponent and Abdulhamidov are from Azerbaijan. Just last year, there were reports that the nation had paid $9 million to AIBA in exchange for two gold medals in London. The allegations were deemed untrue, but it’s hard to put aside the notion of corruption after such blatant and inexplicable nonsense.