The International Amateur Boxing Association has confirmed that headguards will be removed from men's amateur boxing but not for women. Headguards were first introduced into competition in but will be removed again for October's World Amateur Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan. The decision was based on two separate studies which put forward evidence that the removal will decrease concussions. AIBA's medical commission studied more than 2, bouts and independent research in a recent article, which studied 30, contests over 59 years, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine both supported the removal. The International Olympic Committee has yet to officially confirm that headguards will be removed for the Rio Olympics but their medical commission were part of the discussion process with AIBA.
Amateur boxing: headguards removed for men but not women - BBC Sport
What changed the Olympics forever
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Amateur sports are sports in which participants engage largely or entirely without remuneration. The distinction is made between amateur sporting participants and professional sporting participants, who are paid for the time they spend competing and training. In the majority of sports which feature professional players, the professionals will participate at a higher standard of play than amateur competitors, as they can train full-time without the stress of having another job.