Olympic boxers reprimanded by IOC for betting on fights

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LONDON — Three Olympic boxers — including one who bet on himself to lose — received “severe reprimands” on Wednesday for betting on fights during last month’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler were censured by the International Olympic Committee for violating antibetting rules.

None of the three won medals in Rio, although Irish amateur champion Conlan lost in the quarterfinals in a disputed decision to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin. Donnelly bet against himself in a first-round bout but still won the fight.

The IOC said the three boxers received only reprimands — rather than retroactive disqualifications or bans — because a disciplinary panel determined “there was no intent to manipulate any event” and the athletes have apologized.

Under IOC rules, athletes and officials are barred from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.

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