IOC sanctions 3 boxers for betting on fights at Rio Olympics

The International Olympic Committee issued "severe reprimands" to Ireland's Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.

Michael Conlan won the gold medal at World Championships at Doha 2015 in bantamweight.   -  Reuters

The IOC has sanctioned three boxers — two from Ireland and one from Britain — for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Olympic Committee issued "severe reprimands" to Ireland's Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.

None of the boxers won medals.

The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that "there was no intent to manipulate any event."

Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.

The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an "educational program."

The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for "not having properly informed" their athletes of the betting rules.

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