Olympic box­ing to trial new scor­ing sys­tem

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Olympic box­ing of­fi­cials will trial a new, more trans­par­ent judg­ing sys­tem this week as the sport fights to “re­gain trust” af­ter scan­dals that nearly saw it kicked out of the Games. The new sys­tem, where judges’ scor­ing is up­dated in real time on a screen, will be tested at the Ryo­goku Kokugikan sumo sta­dium, where the Tokyo 2020 box­ing com­pe­ti­tion will be held. Ama­teur box­ing body AIBA was stripped of the right to or­gan­ise the Olympic com­pe­ti­tion, and re­placed with a spe­cial task­force, af­ter a series of prob­lems in­clud­ing a judg­ing scan­dal at the 2016 Olympics. Un­der the new sys­tem, judges press a but­ton when they mark blows and their de­ci­sions will be shown on a screen, pro­vid­ing instant feed­back and grounds for clar­i­fy­ing de­ci­sions.

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