Olympic Scoring System as Bad as Ever!

By Matt Goldstein

11/08/2008

Olympic Scoring System as Bad as Ever!

From the opening moments of the Sadaam Ali-Georgian Popescu fight it was clear that the Olympic scoring system has not gotten any better.  In fact, it seems to have taken steps backwards.  With multiple straight hand bombs, flush hooks, strong jabs and effective body work all landing clearly without scoring for either opponent; it’s flat out astonishing that the Olympic committee can allow such a ridiculous form of scoring.  There were punches that even stopped fighters in their tracks, seemingly staggering the boxer who was hit, but yet no recognition on the scoreboard.  Even commentators Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas were confused as to what punches would actually award a fighter with a point.  Never in the history of the Olympics has the 10 point must system been so needed.  After the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul Korea when Roy Jones Jr. was robbed of his Gold Medal, the 10 point must system was dropped in favor of a point system which awards points for individual punches.  That system has simply never worked as intended.  With the current Olympic Committee embroiled in controversy and consistently horrible judgment calls such as getting rid of baseball and softball only to keep synchronized swimming and handball, most remain in doubt that the baffling and ridiculous scoring system will change in the near future.