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AIBA punishes Olympic officials

Following the review of the highly controversial Olympic bantamweight bout between Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu and Azeri Magomed Abdulhamidov in which the judges’ decision was overturned, the referee of that bout Ishanguly Meretnyyazov (Turkmenistan) has been “expelled” and is on his way back home. Apparently no sanctions against the judges who scored the last round of that bout 10-10, despite multiple knockdowns.

In other moves, Frank Scharmach (Germany), the referee of a controversial light heavyweight bout between India’s Sumit Sangwan and Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino, was suspended for five days, and International Technical Official (ITO) Aghajan Abiyev (Azerbaijan) was also given the boot for “a number of breaches of the AIBA Code of Conduct.”

Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President declared, “I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions. 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.”

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