AIBA have held a three day training course to boost "standards and consistency" of officials ©AIBA

Supervisors and international technical officials have taken part in International Boxing Association (AIBA) training courses and seminars in Kazakhstan.

The governing body said the courses are aimed at "boosting standards and consistency" across their competitions.

Boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games came under the spotlight, with several decisions met with criticism.

Among the most controversial decisions was Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko earning men’s heavyweight gold against Kazakhstan's Vassily Levit on August 15, despite appearing to be on the back foot throughout.

Bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan of Ireland was involved in in another high-profile contest, having appeared to have dominated a quarter-final against Vladimir Nikitin.

Despite leaving his opponent heavily bruised, the judges controversially awarded the Russian the victory.

Conlan then went on an expletive-laden rant in a post-fight interview with RTE, where he claimed AIBA were "cheats" and that amateur boxing "stinks from the core to the very top".

The incidents led to AIBA sidelining all 36 referees and judges used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games until an investigation has been concluded.

A total of 41 officials took part in the course in Kazakhstan ©AIBA
A total of 41 officials took part in the course in Kazakhstan ©AIBA

The governing body, after holding the training courses and seminars at their World Boxing Academy in Talgar, claim they are providing the most up-to-date training methods for all its officials.

Held across three days, the course was attended by 41 supervisors and international technical officials from across 19 nations.

"As part of its reinvigorated education policy, AIBA is taking important steps towards expanding its body of officials and improving standards around the world to ensure greater consistency across its competitions at all levels,” said Helmut Ranze, course leader and technical and rules commission chairman.

"The work has begun at this superb facility in Talgar and will continue in 2017 and beyond using designated AIBA events to host courses, practical workshops and seminars with the best professionals at our disposal."

The governing body have also asserted that they will provide an increased frequency of training courses in a wider number of territories in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

It is claimed this will help to expand AIBA’s pool of officials, build experience and improve performances.