13 Jan 2012

Computerised scoring to be banned after London Olympics

10:10 am on 13 January 2012

A computerised scoring system designed for the boxing competition at the London 2012 Olympics will be scrapped after the Games.

International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) president Ching-Kuo Wu is determined to bring the amateur ranks more in line with professional boxing and he believes kicking out computer scoring is essential.

Headguards for male boxers are also set to disappear after London while the governing body will launch AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) in 2013 which will mean amateur boxers can earn money from the sport without turning to the established sanctioning bodies of the professional game.

The computerised scoring system developed to reduce the risk of bouts being rigged at London 2012 was used for the first time at last year's men's world championships.

Despite being described by Wu as "impossible to manipulate" it will be replaced by the "10-points must" system used in professional boxing.