Boxer Vikas Krishan’s result overturned after five hours

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vikas-krishanAug 4, London: Five hours after Indian boxer Vikas Krishan was declared winner in his 69 kg pre-quarterfinal bout in the Olympic Games, International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) has overturned the decision and awarded it to his American opponent Errol Spence.

The 21-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. The AIBA has now declared Spence as the winner and four extra points have been awarded to him. The final score now is 15-13 in favour of the American boxer.

“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,” it international body said.

“…at least four points should have been awarded to the boxer from the USA. Therefore, the final score should be 13:15 in favour of the USA. The protest is accepted and the winner of Bout 142 is Errol Spence (USA),” the AIBA statement added.

Vikas, only the second Indian boxer after Vijender to fetch a bronze medal in the World Championship, was among the biggest medal prospects for the country.

Earlier, India were at the wrong end of the AIBA review system when the country’s appeal against the close opening-round loss of Sumit Sangwan (81kg) was rejected by the world body’s competition jury.

Boxing at the ongoing Olympics has been marred by several controversies with AIBA’s scoring system coming under severe criticism.

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