Michael Conlan, Donnelly Named in Olympic Betting Judgement

Three Olympic boxers, including beaten Irish bantamweight Michael Conlon who had accused the judges of robbing him of victory, have been sanctioned by the IOC for betting on fights during the Rio Games.

The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that Conlon, compatriot Steven Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler had been given severe reprimands for their breach of the regulations.

They would also be obliged to follow and contribute to integrity educational programs in order to be eligible for Tokyo 2020.


Conlon, who vowed in Rio never to fight again in any competition organized by Olympic boxing body AIBA after his quarter-final defeat by Russian Vladimir Nikitin, has since turned professional.

The IOC disciplinary commission said the 24-year-old had placed at least two bets on his own weight class, but not his own fights, on Aug. 8 and 9. All the bets, for relatively small amounts, were lost.

The athlete attended a hearing on Aug. 20 in Rio and confirmed the bets, saying he had signed without reading an Irish team contract that mentioned the prohibition on betting on Olympic competitions.

Conlon, a 2012 flyweight bronze medalist, added that he had been bored in the Athletes' Village and placed bets to pass the time.

Fowler lost his opening middleweight bout in Rio while Donnelly was knocked out in the welterweight quarter-finals.

The IOC said Donnelly had placed eight cumulative bets, two of them backing his Mongolian opponent Tuvshinbat Byamba to win. Donnelly, however, won the bout and lost his money.

Donnelly, who also failed to read the relevant documents, explained that he had not intended to cheat but had bet on his opponent to give himself some compensation should he have lost the fight.

Fowler said he was aware of the prohibition on betting but had thought it meant he could not bet on himself and people he knew.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-28-2016

Go f#ck yourself Olympic people. Conlan probably lost his bets cuz of bs ass AIBA judges. He needs to sue AIBA for his f#cking medal + his f#cking paper.

Comment by yngwie on 09-28-2016

I wish the AIBA was that fast to resolve all their corruption problems.

Comment by Fetta on 09-28-2016

[QUOTE=-Kev-;17081588]Betting to lose is a completely different story[/QUOTE] Not really. Shaving points can be to win but by a certain amount. Same can be said about carrying a fighter to last longer than needed.

Comment by -Kev- on 09-28-2016

[QUOTE=Fetta;17080779]Because a boxer can throw a fight, carry the fighter to get decision, or play with him to prolong the KO in a certain round all of which can be bet on.[/QUOTE] Betting to lose is a completely different story

Comment by fvanesbeck on 09-28-2016

[QUOTE=-Kev-;17080763]Who cares if a boxer bets. Didn't Hopkins bet on himself to knock Trinidad out? The problem would be if judges or refs are betting on fights they are officiating[/QUOTE] A boxer should be allowed to bet on himself to…

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