The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung yesterday at a country meeting with Tokyo 2020 organisers in Tokyo, Japan made a call for the review of officiating standards.
Barrister Solomon Dalung who lodged a strong disagreement mainly on boxing which he said is yet to conform to the standard in other Olympic combats sports.
Dalung who led a high powered delegation including the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Habu Gumel and other NOC Technical Officials was quoted saying “while other combats sports like taekwondo, karate, wrestling and judo have digitalized their scoring system with scoreboards showing real-time scores, boxing is still maintaining a standard where individuals would whisper amongst themselves at the end of a bout and unilaterally declare a winner without any transparent system of scoring”.
“How can there be fairness I’m such a situation in such a situation when results are determined by whims and Caprices of individuals?” Dalung queried.
Responding the Executive Director International Relations of Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Aki Murasato noted Nigeria’s concerns and promised that the organisers will convey these observations to the International Boxing Federation, which sets such officiating standards in Boxing, while advising that the Nigeria Boxing Federation should similarly lodge a complaint with the world boxing body.
During the 2 hour interactive session the Nigerian delegation watched multi-media presentations from different sub committees including Events and Venues, Accommodation and Feeding, International Relations as well as Hospitality House Committees.