Asian Games Boxing Competition was Concussion-Free: World Body

Amateur International Boxing Association has backed its decision to remove headgears from bouts although some international stars like Vijender Singh continue to demand protective measures.

updated: October 14, 2014 12:37 IST
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Vijender Singh (left) feels risk of injuries increase without headguards but AIBA says cuts are not major concern.


Laussane: The boxers are divided on whether headguards should be reintroduced but the International Boxing Association today said abolishing them has helped immensely in reducing cases of concussion with the recent Asian Games recording no instance of trauma injuries.

"It was another major Elite Men's Competition during which AIBA evaluated all bouts closely in order to check concussion rates without headguards. However, in Incheon there were only two TKOs, and at the post medical tests, both of those boxers did not show any signs of concussion," the AIBA said in a statement after its assessment of the event held in Incheon, Korea.

"This result demonstrates that concussion should not be an issue for the sport of boxing if Elite Men's Competitions are held without headguards in. Nevertheless, now that the Asian Games are over, AIBA also plans to adopt a new system to continue to closely monitor all bouts to ensure any possible concussions will be observed," it added.

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