Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

AIBA Exec, Two Refs Punished At 2012 Summer Olympics

By Jake Donovan

Continued controversy in the world of amateur boxing has led to a major shakeup, including at the executive level of the AIBA. 

An Olympic official was suspended, while another was shown the door along with the AIBA President, according a statement from the AIBA on Thursday morning.

Years of corruption and controversy in amateur boxing have reached a boiling point in the 2012 Summer Olympics, leading to the expulsion of AIBA International Technical Official Aghajan Abiyev, effective immediately. 

“[F]ollowing a number of breaches of the AIBA Code of Conduct, the AIBA Olympic Compliance Committee proposed to the AIBA President to expel International Technical Official (ITO) Aghajan Abiyev (Azerbaijan) from the London 2012 Olympic Games with immediate effect. The decision was approved by the AIBA President and therefore Mr. Abiyev has now left the AIBA Delegation's hotel.”

The ruling comes less than a year after an investigation was conducted to look into rumors of medals being guaranteed for the nation of Azerbaijan stemming from alleged behind the scene deals by Chief Operating Officer of the AIBA's World Series Boxing (WSB), Ivan Khodabakhsh.

All charges were ultimately dismissed in Dec. ’11, but memories of the rumors surfaced Wednesday evening. A bantamweight round of 16 contest saw Azerbaijani fighter Magomed Abdulhamidov receive repeated assistance from referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov of Turkmenistan in a controversial points win over Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu. 

Abdulhamidov was originally declared winner after three rounds of action, but further review from the AIBA review board overruled the decision. Meretnyyazov’s inept handling of what amounted to six separate trips to the canvas by the Azerbaijani bantamweight led to his being shown the exit. 

It was decided that three of the falls were the result of clean knockdowns scored by Shimizu, but blatantly missed by the referee, who ruled each instance a slip.

A statement from the AIBA indicates that findings from the video review have led “to expel Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov (Turkmenistan) from the London 2012 Olympic Games with immediate effect. Mr Meretnyyazov is on his way back home.”

Based on those findings, Abdulhamidov’s 22-17 points win was converted to a 3rd round stoppage (RSC-3) for Shimizu, who now advances to the quarterfinals. 

Referee Frank Scharmach of Germany was granted a much lighter sentence, by comparison. The third man was issued a five day suspension following his role in disqualifying Iranian heavyweight Ali Mazaheri in Wednesday’s Round of 16 bout with Jose Larduet of Cuba.

Both fighters were issued public warnings in the bout, but Mazaheri was handled with extreme measures as three warnings led to a disqualification in round two.

Mazaheri was none too pleased with the verdict, nor was the crowd on hand. As it turns out, the AIBA didn’t care for as well, as they have elected to “suspend Referee Frank Scharmach (Germany) from Refereeing for a period of five (5) days, up to and including 06 August.”

The five-day unpaid vacation means that Scharmach will no longer be involved in any of the remaining Round of 16 action. A decision will be made as to whether or not his services will be used upon the completion of his suspension.
 
The series of incompetent officiating and poor decisions made at the executive level have humbled the AIBA. If nothing else, a silver lining comes in a much needed overhaul of the system in current form.

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

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox 
Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 08-03-2012

What abot the paid off judges that had the Japanese kid losing??That's ok???Amateurs so crooked, worse than the pros, like college football...

Comment by -vincenzo- on 08-03-2012

The Japanese guy only made it to the next round cause they robbed his Ghanaian opponent in the first bout. This whole tournament is turning out to be a joke once again...

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 08-02-2012

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;12394144]Khytrov** Dychko is the KAZ super HW[/QUOTE] Sorry, second time today I did that. at least I didn't f*** up in my report =)

Comment by Russian Crushin on 08-02-2012

[QUOTE=JakeNDaBox;12394142]Precisely. Overturning a mid-fight DQ means... well the amateur equivalent of a no-contest. A lot of people have asked that, but it's different from the bantamweight fight. There was legit ground for a stoppage ruling in that fight but instead…

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 08-02-2012

[QUOTE=WalterWhite;12394072]There wasn't much that could have been done for Mezahari because he was disqualified in the middle of Rd 2, it would have been difficult to reinstate him, and they couldn't have had a rematch lol so the only outcome…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines CompuBox: Fox Landed '52' Punches in 12 Rounds With Andrade Stiverne: I Guarantee That I'll Beat Deontay Wilder in Rematch! CompuBox: Murata Lands a Big 56.5% of Power Shots on N'Dam Felix Verdejo Ring Return Targeted For January, Says Manager Promoter: I Want To Match Andrade Against Elite at 160 - ASAP! Schaefer: If U.S. Networks Aren't Interested in WBSS, So Be It Dorticos: All Gassiev Did Was Beat 'Old' Opponent in Wlodarczyk Photos: Ryota Murata Gets Revenge, Stops Hassan N'Dam Denis Lebedev: I Think Yunier Dorticos Will Beat Murat Gassiev Maliek, Mikhail and Michael Jr. Montgomery Get KO Wins Juho Haapoja Loses EU Title, Announces His Retirement Jezreel Corrales: I Was Winning on All 3 Cards, I Want a Rematch! Demetrius Andrade Vacates WBA Belt - Focused on Murata, GGG Ryota Murata: I'll Try My Best To Beat Gennady Golovkin! Photos: Alberto Machado Bombs Jezreel Corrales For WBA Title Dorticos: I Want To Destroy Gassiev, He Will Face a Real Man! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Yunier Dorticos - Go Face To Face! Schaefer: I Learned From The Mistakes of The Super Six Tourney Anthony Joshua: I Asked For Dillian Whyte After Pulev Withdrew Murata Dominant in Rematch, Makes N’Dam Quit After 7th Round Photos: Murat Gassiev Blasts Out Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Three Photos: Ryan Burnett Beats Zhakiyanov To Unify WBA, IBF Belts Photos: Josh Warrington Takes Out Ceylan, Earns Lee Selby Shot Sakio Bika, Tim Tszyu Pick Up Solid Wins in Sydney Bouts Mock vs. Chudinov Deal in Place For November 25 Andrade: I Did Very Well in 160 Debut, I'll Fight Anybody! Karim Mayfield Decisons Miguel Dumas in San Francisco Gassiev Sees Joshua, Wilder in His Future: I'll Unify, Then Move Up! N'Dam vs. Murata - CompuBox Reflects on First Fight Stats Why Malignaggi Should Quiet Down. And Why He Won't. Machado: He Hurt Me a Few Times, But I Got The Punch I Needed Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata II: Pre-Fight Report Card Maciej Sulecki: I Want Jermell Charlo Next, I Want The Title Shot Alberto Machado Gets Off The Floor, Knocks Jezreel Corrales Out Jezreel Corrales-Alberto Machado - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Demetrius Andrade Makes 160 Debut, Dominates Alantez Fox Carlos Jimenez Knocks Out Pedro Campa in Shocker Sharif Bogere Decisions Rodriguez Over Ten Rounds in Las Vegas Gassiev Crushes Wlodarczyk in Three, Will Face Dorticos Next Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement