| Zeenews Sports Bureau
London: Following a series of controversial results in the London Olympics 2012 boxing competitions, question marks about the scoring system were raised.
Allegations of match fixing grew only stronger last Wednesday when Azeri bantamweight boxer Magomed Abdulhamidov was declared winner despite being knocked down six times by Japanese fighter Satoshi Shimizu in the final round. The decision raised a few eyebrows and the officials overturned the decision following an appeal from Japanese officials. The controversial referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov was removed immediately.
In fact, a possible rigging of results in the Olympic boxing was suspected much before the Games started when BBC`s Newsnight uncovered evidence of secret payments of millions of dollars from Azerbaijan to international boxing organisation World Series Boxing (WSB) in September 2011.
BBC had reported, “Whistleblowers say that WSB`s chief claimed the money was in return for a guarantee that Azerbaijani fighters would win two boxing gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics. The boxing organiser at the Olympics, AIBA, admits an Azeri national paid $9m (£5.9m) to one of their competitions. But they deny any deal to fix medals.”
The International Boxing Authority (AIBA) denied any wrong doing. The IOC found no formal evidence of cash for medals.
However, some of the results over the last few days have raised some serious questions about the scoring system. Indian boxers were too on the receiving end of wrong judgements by the referees. The Indian Boxing Federation officials say at least five of their boxers were at the receiving end of poor refereeing decisions.
First Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 11:00