Boxing officials defend decision on no headgear
Commonwealth Games boxing officials say no concussions despite headgear removed for tournament
Associated Press
2014-08-02 09:42 PM

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Boxing officials have defended a decision to stop using headgear for male competitors at the Commonwealth Games, saying there had been no concussions at the competition through Saturday's medal rounds.

The International Boxing Association decided to stop using headgear in events such as the Commonwealth Games last year, citing medical statistics showing it can cause jarring to boxers' heads and contribute to concussions.

Some trainers and boxers called for headgear to be reintroduced, however, due to the grueling schedule of bouts in events as short as the Commonwealth Games.

On Saturday, the association's medical jury chairman, Dr. Hamid Khadri, said a new cream made available on an optional basis to boxers in Glasgow had also helped speed the healing of cuts, allowing fighters to remain in the competition.

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