And the hits just keep on coming…
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation has been suspended by the AIBA – sport’s governing body – because of “possible manipulation” of the same Indian Olympic Association elections that led to the country being banned by the IOC earlier this week.
The IOA was banned Tuesday because of government interference with committee elections that were set to take place the following day – and they did, resulting in corrupt official Lalit Bhanot taking over as secretary-general.
Meanwhile, the boxing federation amended its constitution to allow its former president Abhay Singh Chautala to take over as chairman. Chautala was then elected president of the IOA on Wednesday.
“It’s a big, big shock for all of us,” Abhishek Matoria told Reuters. “They suspended us without giving us a chance to explain. They did write a letter to us alleging ‘malpractice’ in election but never specified.
“We sent them a detailed explanation, point by point and I have no idea why they still suspended us. I can assure you we would do everything to make sure our boxers don’t suffer.”
The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:
My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport.
1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.
2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.
3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.
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