Four American Olympic swimmers have been punished for telling the media they had been robbed at gunpoint during the recent Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were all banned by the USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee for varying degrees of time. The 32-year-old Lochte, who first claimed to have been robbed, received the worst punishment as he was banned for 10 months and given 20 hours worth of community service to perform. This means he will miss the both the 2017 world and national a swimming championships.
Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the professional World Boxing Council, is pushing for headgear to be reinstated in amateur Olympic bouts. This comes after the AIBA (International Boxing Association) allowed male boxers to compete in the recent 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil without the traditional headgear. However, female boxers still fought with it on. Sulaiman said too many boxers received facial and head cuts during their bouts and this was because their heads were unprotected.
Sulaiman told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that he believed before the Olympics that the AIBA should think twice about their decision since it could be a dangerous one. He said the number of cuts suffered by boxers down in Brazil proved that he was right. Bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin of Russia was cut in his quarterfinal bout against Michael Conlan of Ireland and couldn’t continue in the competition. He had to pull out of his semifinal match against American Shakur Stevenson. Ironically, there was an uproar after Nikitin was handed the decision against Conlan as most observers felt the Irish boxer had clearly won.
The Paralympics get underway on September 7th and run until the 18th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but Russia won’t be competing in them. The nation has been banned from the event due to widespread state-sponsored doping allegations. The IPC (International Paralympic Committee) banned the country last month, but Russia then appealed to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in Switzerland. They didn’t have any luck though as the ban was upheld and it covers all Russian Paralympians. The IPC originally banned the country after a report outlined the doping scandal.
It’s hard to compare athletes from different eras and from different sports. But when it comes to the number of Olympic medals won, there’s no doubt that American swimmer Michael Phelps is second to none. The 31-year-old has won a total of 28 medals during his Olympic career with 23 of them being gold, three being silver and the other two bronze. Phelps helped the American men’s 4×100 metre swimming relay team take the gold on August 13th in what could very well have been his last ever Olympic appearance. Phelps has stated that he won’t compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan, but since he’ll still only be 35 years old in four years time, he may very well change his mind before then.
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