Michael Conlon reveals he believes former Olympic judge Seamus Kelly’s cheat revelations cost him and fellow Irish boxers in Rio – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Michael Conlon reveals he believes former Olympic judge Seamus Kelly’s cheat revelations cost him and fellow Irish boxers in Rio




Irish Olympic boxer Michael Conlan has revealed this evening that he believes that former AIBA judge Seamus Kelly’s revelations to The Guardian newspaper could have been partially responsible for the questionable outcome of his fight and team Ireland’s fighter’s at the Rio Olympics.

Conlon’s revelation comes after Kelly revealed to the newspaper that he had been asked to cheat during his time as a judge. An angry and unfortunate Conlan also believes that Kelly’s revelation just before the games in Rio played a major part in not just his own fight but the entire Irish boxing roster.

Conlon told Newstalk FM’s Off The Ball programme: “An ex-referee (who is Irish), who was part of AIBA, had kind of outed them.” “We got the feeling that they were going to come down hard on us for him coming out and having his say.”

Meanwhile Conlan’s father, John, had also suggested that Ireland had “embarrassed” AIBA. Although many interpreted it as a reference to Michael O’Reilly’s failed drugs test, but he was actually referring to the Kelly controversy.

Michael Conlon added: “(Kelly) came out and told the truth, I think they were looking at us then and saying we’ll get you back,” “That didn’t help and I don’t think the Michael O’Reilly situation helped us either.”

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