In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (69kg) was ousted from the Olympics after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) overturned the result of his pre-quarterfinal 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 his rival's team management, the AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American.
"There were a total of nine 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 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," AIBA said.
India cannot appeal against jury's decision: AIBA
India will not be able to file a protest appeal against AIBA's decision to overturn the victory awarded to India welterweight boxer Vikas Krishan, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) here said.
The governing body's statement came after news that India was going against the AIBA jury's decision. "The whole country is furious about this decision. The jury had 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 told Reuters here.
"My sports minister has contacted me, government officials, the whole country is very upset about this decision," he added. The international boxing body, however, said that won't be possible.
"Under AIBA Technical and Competition Rules, the decision of the competition jury in relation to a protest is final, and cannot be appealed," an AIBA spokesperson said.
Raja had earlier told a news channel that the Indian team thought Spence, too, had committed fouls and he should have been cautioned. (With agency inputs)