The Commonwealth games XIX has been beset with problems and the latest has struck the boxers.
When Jason Maloney, an Australian fighter stood on the scales to his shock he found that he was 700 grams over the weight limit. As is customary when aiming to make a weight category, the boxer went to the sauna to sweat off the extra 700 grams.
After sweating off the extra weight in the sauna the boxer returned to the scales only to find he had actually gained 2 kilos! The problem was soon clear when a 50Kg weight was checked on the scales and found to weigh 51.43 kilograms.
Anger and uproar rose as Australia’s assistant coach, Don Abnett bawled, “I have never seen this before, it is a farce. I thought last year when I witnessed a bloke win a fight with one arm I had seen it all, but this even tops that.” Australian official John Gatfield said that “there were coaches from every nation just shouting at officials saying, ‘we cannot go with this’.”
Luckily, the problem had been identified before the England team were due to be weighed. However, this episode puts a cloud over the event where 2 fighters had to lose weight unnecessarily. “It is ridiculous!” added Don Abnett. “Now we have boys who have lost too much weight which is not good.”
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