Referees make headlines for controversial decisions and suspensions at London Olympics
Boxing became the latest platform for controversy at the 2012 London Olympics after Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov of Turkmenistan received permanent suspension orders at the event. This news has been confirmed by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The plot of this surprise suspension is deeper than it appears. Referee Frank Scharmach of Germany has also been suspended, but his penalty will last only five days. Moreover, a technical official from Azerbaijan has been sent home following a couple of controversial decisions he made at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions,” the AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo said in an official statement on Thursday. “However, our main concern has been and will always be the protection of the integrity and fair-play of our competitions. I will take all possible steps to reinforce this.”
Wu Ching-Kuo told the Reuters that this was a decision the AIBA was forced to take. “There is only one truth and we always get to the truth,” said Wu Ching-Kuo.
Ishanguly Meretnyyazov came under scrutiny after he failed to stop a fight in men’s bantamweight bout. Boxer Magomed Abdulhamidov was knocked down six times in the final round, but Ishanguly Meretnyyazov chose to ignore that fact and continued the fight.
Magomed Abdulhamidov’s opponent from the final round Satoshi Shimizu of Japan was trailing by seven points before the last round began. If the fight had been fair Satoshi Shimizu should have won the contest with ease, but instead he lost the fight by five points.
Anyhow, AIBA decided to step in and changed the result of the match. According to AIBA, Ishanguly Meretnyyazov should have been given at least three standing counts, which would have ultimately resulted in the fight being stopped.
Meanwhile, Ali Mazaheri of Iran accused referee Frank Scharmach of making biased decisions during the second round of his opening heavyweight bout against Jose Larduet Gomez of Cuba. Ali Mazaheri got disqualified for persistent holding after three warnings from Frank Scharmach.