World champion Sergey Kovalev talked about corruption in Russian box
All Russian amateur boxing imbued with corruption and competition results determined in advance. This statement was made by the world champion in three versions in the weight category up to 79.38 kilograms Sergey Kovalev. His words on Friday, 23 September, cited in Sport-Express.
"Reaching the final - and then the politics decides. Now I understand everything and calmly talk about it. You saw what happened in Rio. Absolutely the same! Listen Lebzjak – those, whom he wanted to take on the Games, they unhooked. But there are a lot of those, whom he did not need. Our entire boxing is impregnated with corruption," - said Kovalev.
Also, 33-year-old Russian commented on amateur boxers competitions at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Fight one wins - the victory is given to another. And in London, and in Beijing, this was all the time. All spelled out - who should bring many medals," - said athlete.
In July Kovalev defended his world title by the WBO, WBA and IBF, winning a unanimous decision of the judges Isaac Chilemba from Malawi.
The main coach of Russia on boxing Alexander Lebzjak was dismissed on 9 September. The team he led in 2013. At the Games in Rio Russian boxers won five medals: one gold, one silver and three bronze.
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