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Vikas out of Games; AIBA says decision final, India furious
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London, August 04, 2012
First Published: 10:59 IST(4/8/2012)
Last Updated: 17:41 IST(4/8/2012)
Vikas Krishan out of Olympics after AIBA overturns win

India has appealed against the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to overturn a result that cost Vikas Krishan a quarter-final spot at the London Olympics, but the organisation said they do not have grounds to do so.

The governing body said its competition jury found Spence should have been awarded four additional points for fouls committed by the Indian, handing the US men a lifeline after the original result appeared to condemn them to their worst result at an Olympic Games.

"The whole country is furious about this decision. The jury are gone back home after last night so just before the session starts today we will be meeting them to make a formal appeal," chef de mission PKM Raja said in London on Saturday.

"My sports minister has contacted me, government officials, the whole country is very upset about this decision."

However AIBA said the jury's decision was final.

"Under AIBA Technical & Competition Rules, the decision of the Competition Jury in relation to a protest is final, and cannot be appealed," a spokesman for AIBA told Reuters in an emailed response to the Indian team's calls.

Asked if it was too late to appeal now, Raja said: "No boxer starts protesting after winning a bout. Now that the decision has been reversed, we'd like to bring to their notice the other fouls which have been committed by the other boxer which have not been taken into consideration."


Indian team files protest

Stung by Vikas Krishan's controversial ouster from the Olympics, the Indian boxing team on Saturday filed a protest of its own against the International Boxing Association's decision to overturn his pre-quarterfinal win against American Errol Spence.

The appeal was filed after an emergency meeting of the team with Chef-de-Mission and Indian Boxing Federation Secretary General P K Muralidharan Raja.

In a stunning turn of events, Vikas (69kg) was ousted from the Games in London 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.

A stunned Indian team had gone into a huddle after AIBA's decision and called an emergency meeting to discuss the matter.

While agreeing, Vikas had gone into a clinch with his rival, the Indians were claiming that the American was equally guilty of the same offence.

Sandhu said the Indians will challenge the observations made by the competition jury, which felt that Vikas should have been penalised four points for holding his rival nine times and deliberately spitting out his gumshield during the bout.

"We will argue that the our guy did not hold Spence for more than seven times. The American was guilty of holding Vikas four times according to us. As for spitting the gumshield, that may or may not be considered because the referee had failed to spot it during the bout," Sandhu explained.

Asked about the chances of India's counter-appeal getting any favourable result, Sandhu said, "I can't say for sure what will happen but we will ensure that our version is also taken into account."

Earlier, Raja, also the Indian Boxing Federation's Secretary General, said the team will not accept the decision lying down.

"The decision has been overturned but it's not as if we cannot do anything about it," he insisted. 

But Raja admitted that there were not too many options in front of the team after the world body's review and reversal of the original decision.

Vikas Krishan reacts after defeating the United States' Errol Spence during a men's welterweight 69-kg preliminary boxing match. The decision was overturned hours after the match. AP/Ng Han Guan

"In such cases, the jury decision is final. Because they replay the bout and go through it very closely before deciding whether to stick to the original decision or overturn it. Not many options are there but let's see. We will still try to find a way forward," he said.

The AIBA cited fouls committed by Vikas as the reason for overturning his 13-11 win.

"There were a total of nine (9) holding fouls committed by the Indian boxer in the third round alone. However the Referee only gave one caution," the AIBA said in a statement after a review by its Competition Jury.

"In the second round, at the time 02:38, the boxer from India spitted out his gumshield intentionally. However the Referee didn't give any warning," it added.


IOA surprised by decision

Surprised by Vikas Krishan's ouster from the Olympic Games following a reversal of decision by the International Boxing Association, Indian Chef-de-Mission PK Muralidharan Raja on Saturday said the country's contingent will not take AIBA's decision lying down even though it has "limited options" in the matter.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also came out in support of Vikas and condemned the decision of AIBA.

"IOA condemns this decision. This result should be strongly taken up by the Indian contingent and unitedlyprotested and reviewed," IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh said.

"There are four different judges and they make their separate decisions. It is baffling why did none of themobjected to this. Four people have given verdicts and it is wrong for USA to appeal after the decision has been given," he added.

Disappointed Errol Spence of the USA after losing to India's Vikas Krishan in a men's welterweight 69-kg preliminary boxing match. The decision was overturned hours after the match. AFP/Jack Guez

Decision is wrong: Vikas's father

Vikas' father Krishan Kumar said: "It is totally wrong. I had a word with him after he was declared a winner and then we went to sleep. It is only in the morning that we saw that the decision has been overturned.

"The officials of the Indian team they should protest against this decision and he should be reinstated. If this is not protested, it will affect the moral of the boxers. I also want to request sports minister Ajay Maken to take it up with USA and help it to be overturned," he added.


Reversal after video review

In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Vikas (69kg) was ousted after AIBA overturned the result of his prequarterfinal bout, that 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 hisrival's team management, the AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American citing the fouls committee by the Indian which were not noticed by the referee.

Raja, also the Indian Boxing Federation's Secretary General, said the team will not accept the decision. "I will be meeting the Indian boxing team and then we will decide the future course of action,"Raja told PTI.

"The decision has been overturned but it's not as if we cannot do anything about it," he insisted.

But Raja admitted that there were not too many options in front of the team after the world body's review andreversal of the original decision.

"In such cases, the jury decision is final. Because they replay the bout and go through it very closely before deciding whether to stick to the original decision or overturn it. Not many options are there but let's see. We will still try to find a way forward," he said.


Earlier, the AIBA cited fouls committed by Vikas as the reason for overturning his 13-11 win. "There were a total of nine (9) holding fouls committed by the Indian boxer in the third round alone. However the Referee only gave one caution," the AIBA said in a statement after a review by its Competition Jury.

"In the second round, at the time 02:38, the boxer from India spitted out his gumshield intentionally. However the
Referee didn't give any warning," it added.

Based on these "findings", the jury members "unanimously" decided to award Spence four points, thereby making him the winner.

"Based on the AIBA Technical & Competition Rules 12.1.9, the Referee should have given at least two (2) warnings to the Indian boxer. Although the boxer from India intentionally spitted out his gumshield, the Referee's view was blocked by the boxer from the USA and was not able to see the action," the international body said.

"...at least four points should have been awarded to the boxer from the USA. Therefore the finalscore should be 13:15 in favour of the USA.

(With inputs from PTI, Reuters)


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