LONDON (Reuters) – Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov from Turkmenistan has been expelled from the London Olympics, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) said on Thursday.
A second referee, Frank Scharmach of Germany, was suspended for five days by AIBA and a technical official from Azerbaijan sent home following two controversial decisions at the Olympic competition on Wednesday.
“I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions,” AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo said 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.”
He later told Reuters: “There is only one truth and we always get to the truth.”
Meretnyyazov failed to stop a men’s bantamweight bout despite fighter Magomed Abdulhamidov being knocked down six times in the final round. The referee was expelled with immediate effect and AIBA said he was on his way home.
Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu, who went into the last round of the bout against the Azerbaijani trailing by seven points, lost the contest by five when all three rounds were scored.
AIBA later overturned the verdict saying Meretnyyazov should have given the Azerbaijani “at least” three standing counts which would have resulted in the contest being stopped.
Jawa Report (h/t) posted the video, Olympic Jihad:
Other than coming from neighboring countries, they don’t seem to be related or connected in any way. The boxer, Magomed Abdulhamidov, is from Azerbaijan. The referee, Ishanguly Meretnyyazov, is from Turkmenistan. I just don’t see a connection. Maybe someone can help me out?