Michael Conlan issued maximum fine for interview after Olympics elimination

The former amateur boxer accused the AIBA of cheating in Rio

Michael Conlan issued maximum fine for interview after Olympics elimination

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Michael Conlan has been hit with a substantial fine as a result of an interview he gave directly after he was eliminated from the Olympic Games in Rio.

A three-man AIBA Disciplinary Commission ruled that Conlan was "extremely distraught" after the fight, but are still issuing the sanction in accordance with their Disciplinary Code. They have issued a fine of €9,300 - the maximum the organisation can impose, according to the Irish Independent.

Conlan accused the International Boxing Association (AIBA) of being "cheats" in an RTE interview after his defeat to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin. The AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu said at the time that Conlan's behaviour was "unacceptable" and indicated that the Irish boxer would face disciplinary action. 

Although they appear to have imposed a maximum fine on Conlan, the AIBA also "reluctantly agree" that it is unlikely it will be paid, now that Conlan has joined the professional ranks and is no longer under their jurisdiction.

Professional boxers are now eligible to fight at the Olympics following a rule change that allows them to sign with the National Federation, meaning that Conlan may still be able to box at the Tokyo Games in 2020 if he so wishes.

However, Conlan will have to re-register with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (AIBA) in order to be allowed to participate in the qualifiers, meaning he will have to pay the fine. 

The injuries sustained by Nikitin in that 56kg bout forced him to withdraw from his semi-final fight. 

In October, all of the referees and judges who officiated during the Games, were sidelined while an investigation was carried out into allegations of corruption.