November 28, 2018 / 8:26 PM / 12 days ago

This week in sports: Olympic boxing KO’d?

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A wrap-up of the week in sports news:

The International Olympic Committee could knock out boxing from the official line up of events at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The International Boxing Association’s governance and finance – as well as the election of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rahimov as president of the organization – are up for debate when top officials from the IOC meet in Tokyo this week. Rick’s take: Boxing, of course, is one of the holdover sports from the Olympics held in Ancient Greece, so it’s pretty inconceivable the IOC would fail to figure out a way to continue to include the sport in its modern competitions.

The high anticipated match-up of golfing greats Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, available only pay-per-view, hit a technological snag and angry fans demanded refunds. The event ultimately played on a free livestream and major cable providers promised to issue refunds, according to media reports. Rick’s take: Unfortunately, the technology for digital paid subscribers failed on its maiden voyage for this type of event, posing logistical problems in the future.

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