The Amateur International Boxing Association has already dropped headgear and it’s controversial punch-count scoring system from the Olympics. Now it’s apparently dropping the word Amateur.
According to the Boston Globe, the AIBA will create its own pro circuit, and will change eligibility rules to allow professional boxers to earn salaries and prize money, yet still compete in the Olympics.
You won’t see any of today’s top boxing stars competing in the Games, or see Mike Tyson coming out of retirement to go for the gold (unfortunately): only boxers with fewer than fifteen bouts under their belts will be eligible to compete, as long as they join the AIBA circuit two years before the Rio Olympics.
The changes have been pushed by AIBA president Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan, who wants to stop losing promising boxers who are being lured away by agents, trainers, and promoters.
Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.
Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.
He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.
The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.
Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.
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The gymnasium at Winslow Township (N.J.) High School was renamed Jordan Burroughs Gymnasium on Saturday in honor of the 2012 Olympic wrestling champion.
“I just want people to recognize it’s possible,” Burroughs said to the Courier-Post. “It takes focus, dedication and really, discipline, to get to this high level of success. But like, I did it. From here. These same teachers, these same facilities, this same community. It’s possible. I want people to recognize that.”
Burroughs was a state champion in 2006 at Winslow Township High School. Six years later, he claimed an Olympic gold medal in the men’s freestyle wrestling 74kg division.
In Rio, he lost his quarterfinal match to Russia’s Aniuar Geduev, who went on to earn the silver medal. After the match, an emotional Burroughs referred to the loss as the “hardest day of my life.”
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