Olympic boxing to trial new scoring system
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.