ATLANTA — Muhammad Ali received a duplicate of his lost 1960 light-heavyweight gold medal at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night, surrounded by basketball players, and Jerry Dusenberry, the president of USA Boxing, has no idea why.
"Why was it done on a basketball court? Why wasn't it done here at the amateur boxing venue?" Dusenberry said Sunday afternoon. "I'm really upset about it."
Nobody at USA Boxing, the governing body of American amateur boxing, knew the International Olympic Committee would be giving Ali the medal--during prime-time NBC coverage of the Dream Team gold-medal game--until a mention of it was in a newspaper, Dusenberry said.
Ali made his first appearance at Alexander Memorial Coliseum and took in all of the gold-medal matches Sunday.
Dusenberry went on to criticize NBC for its lack of boxing coverage in these Games--"I think it's sad, I think it's a travesty of justice"--and the presence of several professional promoters and managers on the floor of Alexander Memorial Coliseum around American fighters.