Frenchman Alexis Vastine is denied victory and a place in the men's welterweight semi-finals after narrowly losing to top-seeded Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine at the ExCel Arena. Vastine, who was also denied a win in the Beijing semi-final four years ago, was furious at the decision, lashed out in rage, then staged a sit in. World champion Shelestyuk then faced Great Britain's Fred Evans in the semi-finals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19173670 Mark Barriga (Philipines) vs. Birzhan Zhakypov (Azerbaijan) (AIBA wrestling) Japan vs. Azerbaijan Ishanguly Meretnyyazov was expelled after he refereed a match between Azeri boxer Magomed Abdulhamidov and Japan's Satoshi Shimizu. Adbulhamidov was declared the winner of the match, despite being knocked down six times in one round by his opponent. Meretnyyazov was also criticized for giving the Azeri boxer too much time to recover. International amateur boxing rules say that a fight must be stopped after three knock downs in one round. The incident angered spectators and commentators alike, as well as the Japanese boxer who immediately appealed the ruling. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) overturned the initial outcome in favor of Shimizu and expelled Meretnyyazov. On the same day the AIBA also expelled an Azerbaijani technical official, Aghajan Abiyev for allegedly communicating with his home team, thus breaking his contract with Olympic officials. The double expulsion immediately gave way for renewed speculation that the boxing officials were on the take. In 2011 the British Broadcasting Corp. aired a report about secret payments of millions of dollars from Azerbaijan to the international boxing organization, the World Series Boxing. The BBC reported that the WSB chief claimed the money was paid to guarantee that Azeri boxers would win two gold medals at the London Olympics. AIBA is the international governing body for boxing, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. World Series Boxing, a franchised league of professional boxing, is one of the organization's partners. The BBC reported that WSB Chief Operating Office, Ivan Khodabakhsh, had discussed a secret deal to secure funding from Azerbaijan in return for guarantees that Azeri boxers would win gold medals at the Olympics. Vikas Krishan (IND) vs. Errol Spence (USA) The Indian boxing team is set to counter-attack after Vikas Krishan's controversial ouster from the Olympics with the contingent planning to file a protest of its own against the International Boxing Association's decision to overturn his pre-quarterfinal win. In a stunning turn of events, Vikas (69kg) was ousted from the Games here after AIBA overturned the result of the bout he had won, following a review. The 20-year-old had won 13-11 over Errol Spence in a thrilling contest last night but following an appeal by his rival's team management, the AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American citing the fouls committed by the Indian which were not noticed by the referee.
London: Olympic judges and referees came under fire
on Wednesday with one fighter accusing them of “a fix”, another
successfully appealing a loss and even boxing great Lennox Lewis
questioning some of their calls.
Iran’s Ali Mazaheri cried foul when the heavyweight was disqualified
after being warned three times for persistent holding against Cuban Jose
Larduet Gomez despite leading by two points going into the second
“It was a fix. I could have got a bronze easily if it hadn’t been for
that,” an irate Mazaheri, who walked out of the ring before the
decision was officially announced, told reporters through a translator.
“In my previous fights I had done really well. It was a set up.”
The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) responded to
Mazaheri’s allegations in an email to Reuters, saying: “The Iranian
boxer received three warnings during his bout.
“According to Rule 12.2.1 of the AIBA Technical & Competition
Rules, ‘only three warnings may be given to the same boxer in one
contest. The third warning brings automatic disqualification’.”
Two bouts earlier, Japan’s bantamweight Satoshi Shimizu, trailing by
seven points going into the last round against Magomed Abdulhamidov,
knocked the Azerbaijani down six times, the first of which he struggled
to get up from.
The judges scored the round 10-10, handing Shimizu two extra points
for a warning against Abdulhamidov, who propped himself up against the
top rope as the referee raised his hand in victory.
The 25-year-old fighter was helped out of the ring by his trainer and Shimizu’s team appealed the outcome.
The Japanese boxer’s team leader Masamori Yamane accused the referee
of trying to support Abdulhamidov by attempting to fix his headgear.
After deliberating for over an hour, AIBA said that under its rules,
the referee should have given the Azerbaijani fighter “at least” three
standing counts which would have resulted in the contest being stopped.
They, therefore, overturned the result, handing victory to Shimizu, who was staggered by the original decision hours earlier.
“I was shocked about the result. He fell down so many times. Why
didn’t I win? I don’t understand,” Shimizu told reporters, adding he
thought the referee should have stopped the fight with Abdulhamidov
obviously groggy in the final round.
“This is the second Olympics I have attended and even in Beijing I
wasn’t happy about the judgement, so I don’t know what to do about that.
I am really not happy about that.”
AIBA officials will consider on Thursday whether to sanction the referee in Shimizu’s bout, the association said in a statement.
In December last year, an AIBA-appointed investigation committee
dismissed allegations that Azerbaijan was promised two boxing gold
medals the London Olympics in exchange for a $10-million loan to the
sport’s ruling body.
In a statement released at the time, the Special Investigation
Committee (SIC) said the report aired on September 23 on the British
broadcaster the BBC’s Newsnight programme was “groundless and
unsupported by any credible evidence”.
Before sitting down to commentate on the session for British radio,
former world heavyweight champion Lewis said he was impressed by the
talent on show but had concerns about the judging.
“What I’m concerned about is probably the judging. You never know who
is going to win until the end of the fight,” said Britain’s Lewis, a
dual citizen who won gold for Canada in 1988.