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16 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

Commonwealth Games Weigh-In Farce




The official weigh-in for the Commonwealth Games boxing tournament will take place 24 hours later (on Tuesday) than scheduled after complaints that the official scales were faulty.

The concerns were raised when officials of the Australian team complained the official scales were inaccurate after one of their boxers and a number of others weighed in much heavier than they should have.

Spokesman for the Australian boxing team John Gatfield said: "They went to the sauna trying to lose weight and when they came back, weighed more than the last reading.

"There was a lot of chaos there and they have decided to have a second weigh-in Tuesday morning. It was really ridiculous."

Garfield’s frustrations were raised further when one of his boxers weighed considerably more than expected.

"He struggles to make it to the 102kg category back in Australia, but he weighed 105 here," said Gatfield. "Maybe something is not right with the official scales, too."

Competition manager Lenni Gama has denied there is any problem with the scales, insisting: "All this fuss is created by the teams who have overweight boxers. The scales are perfect."

October 4, 2010



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