The International Olympic Committee, one of the last defenders of the amateur faith, is about to turn the other cheek. In October, it is expected to abandon its traditional amateurs-only stance and allow each international federation governing an Olympic sport to decide which of its athletes - professional or amateur or both - will be eligible for the Olympics. It does mean that some professional athletes in hockey, soccer, tennis and other sports will probably become eligible for the Olympics. It also means that professionals in one sport, such as the football player Renaldo Nehemiah, will become eligible to compete in the Olympics in another sport if their international federations approve.
Amateur boxing: headguards removed for men but not women - BBC Sport
Amateur boxing: headguards removed for men but not women
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.
A friend brought this news to my attention today. If all this makes its way up the ITU World Radio Conference and gets adopted it is more likely that amateur radio will be kicked out of the MHz segement as a primary service. The zip file contains a PDF document explaining that there is a legit need for non-safety aeronautical applications such as data links for border control, fire surveillance etc. There is lots of blah-blah about not having frequencies clearly identified for that purpose.