Commonwealth Games and controversial headgear decision

The International Boxing Association has decided to stop headgear use in bouts.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games have been the first to see boxers fighting without protective headgear. The IBA last year ruled to stop the use of headgear in male bouts, citing medical experts who said it would help reduce concussions. The organisation said medical studies showed wearing headgear diffused blows to the head and allowed boxers to sustain more head shots - and potential brain injury - for longer periods of time. England boxing team leader John Hallam said he has only heard positive comments about the move. But its critics include British pro George Groves, who said last year: 'They need the protection headguards give at this stage of their careers. I get paid to get hit in the head. These kids don't. Read the full story.
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