As a long-time boxing fan, I am always excited to watch the best amateur boxers in the world compete at the Olympic games. This Olympics, however, has been marked with nothing other than controversial decisions and incompetent judges and referees. American Errol Spence was lucky enough to have his loss overturned upon appeal to the AIBA, the international sanctioning body of amateur boxing. Japanese boxer Satoshi Shimizu was also fortunate enough to have his loss overturned. Two other fighters, Belarus’ Siarhei Karneyeu and Cuba’s Jose Larduet do not seem to have been as lucky. Both clearly won their bouts, both appealed the decisions to the AIBA, and both appeals were denied. These kinds of decisions should not happen anywhere in sport, much less in the Olympics.
As a law student I am being trained in the law so that I can competently perform my job as an attorney. Like all attorneys, I must pass the Bar Exam in order to practice law. In a subjective sport such as boxing, where rules must be enforced and the correct scoring decisions made by the judges, perhaps a more rigorous training and testing process must be administered to stop these horrible decisions. All olympic judges and referrees should have to pass rigorous examinations and ther performance constantly be monitored to make certain that their skills are kept sharp and their decisions just.
Just as judges do in our legal system, judges in boxing hold an enormous amount of power, single handedly being able to shape the future of a boxer’s career with each decision. One wrong decision at the Olympic level can cost a boxer his career. Such errors should be prevented at all costs. Something must be done to save Olympic boxing. Just as we accept nothing but properly administered law and order in our legal system, we must only accept the same from the referees and judges at the highest levels of sport.