Irish Boxer Bet on Himself to Lose During Olympics
An Olympic boxer from Ireland bet that he would lose an Olympic match. And he won.
The match, that is. Not the bet.
Irish welterweight Steven Donnelly was one of three Olympians to be reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee for betting on the competition, according to a report by the Irish Independent. The other two boxers, Michael Conlan of Ireland and Antony Fowler of Great Britain did not bet against themselves as Donnelly did.
According to the Independent, Donnelly told the IOC, “he had bet without intending to cheat by losing his match to win his bets, rather, winning the bets would be some compensation in the event he lost his match.”
As such, the IOC ruled that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
The Independent’s report added that the bets Donnelly placed “were of a relatively low amount of money, yet they had created opportunities to make large amounts of money if they had been successful.”
In a toothless ruling by the IOC, the boxers — none of whom medaled in Rio — must complete an educational program on the rules prohibiting gambling in order to compete in the Tokyo Games in 2020. However, it is expected that all three of the fighters will be fighting professionally long before then.
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