The Olympic Commission of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has ordered that Mourad Aliev, a Russian boxer who lost his bout by disqualification in the men’s light flyweight quarter-final on Friday, leave the ring immediately.
The when will the olympics be is a question that has been asked many times in recent months. France’s Mourad Aliev refused to leave the ring after his loss at Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO, Japan — After being disqualified from his quarterfinal fight due to an intentional head butt, a French super heavyweight boxer remained on the Olympic ring apron for nearly an hour in protest.
When referee Andy Mustacchio dismissed Mourad Aliev with four seconds remaining in the second round on Sunday, he responded angrily. Aliev had deliberately used his head to collide with British opponent Frazer Clarke, who suffered severe wounds near both of his eyes, according to the referee.
Aliev sat on the canvas just outside the ropes and above the stairs going down to the arena floor after the judgment was pronounced. He stayed still, and officials from the French team approached him to talk with him and provide him water.
“This was my way of demonstrating how unjust the decision was,” Aliev said via an interpreter. “I wanted to combat all of that unfairness, and to be honest, today’s outcomes were equally unjust to my teammates. I had spent my whole life training for this, and I got here and lost because of a single referee’s judgment. It’s finished.”
Boxing authorities arrived after more than 30 minutes and talked with Aliev and the French side. Aliev exited the apron, and the rest of the team entered the Kokugikan Arena.
Because Mourad Aliev’s fight was the last one of the afternoon session, his protest, which lasted approximately an hour, did not disrupt the Olympic competition. USA TODAY Sports’ Andrew P. Scott
Aliev returned to the arena approximately 15 minutes later and continued his protest in the same place for another 15 minutes. He eventually departed for good, but not before blasting the referee and the supervision of the Tokyo tournament’s interim Boxing Task Force.
“I would have won,” Aliev added, “but it was already written that I was disqualified.” “I’ve spent my whole life preparing for this, so being angry at the outcome is only normal.”
Throughout their two rounds of combat, Aliev and Clarke were in tight quarters, and Aliev seemed to lean in hard to his blows. Clarke, who won a medal as a result of his victory, felt the judgment was reasonable.
Clarke said, “I thought there were a few of heads going in there.” “It’s not for me to judge whether it was deliberate or not…. After that, I urged [Aliev] to calm down. You’re not using your brain to think. You’re making decisions based on your feelings. I know it’s difficult, but the best thing to do is return to the locker room.”
“Everyone knows I won!” Aliev said to the largely empty stadium shortly after the fight. Although several ringside observers believed Aliev had been cautioned by the referee about his aggressive, headfirst fighting before his DQ, he maintained he hadn’t.
In the ring, Aliev rebuffed Clarke’s efforts to calm him down. In a tight battle, Aliev won the opening round on three of the five judges’ scorecards.
Aliev’s complaint had little effect on the competition since his fight with Clarke was the last of the afternoon session, meaning the next battle wouldn’t be for another three hours.
In Rio de Janeiro, France won six boxing gold, but its brilliant squad fell short in a few tight bouts in Tokyo.
Lightweight Sofiane Oumiha was upset by a fast stoppage in his defeat against Keyshawn Davis on Saturday. Davis was awarded the winner after stabbing Oumiha in the second round with punches. Although Oumiha was not knocked out and looked capable to continuing the fight, amateur boxing officials are typically faster to halt bouts than professional referees.
“We went so far,” France head coach John Dovi remarked, “but we don’t believe they wanted France to win a medal.” “It seems that something similar occurs in every Olympiad. As a result, I will leave the French squad and cease coaching. It’s very challenging.”
Aliev’s complaint is only the latest chapter in Olympic boxing’s unpleasant side story, which has been plagued for decades by a mix of uneven officiating from sometimes dubious characters and bad sportsmanship on the part of its losing competitors.
The most well-known protest against a judging decision took place in Seoul in 1988, when South Korean bantamweight Byun Jung-il refused to leave the ring after being docked two points for unlawfully utilizing his head. Byun remained in the ring for more than an hour, prompting Seoul authorities to turn off the lights.
Instead of the International Boxing Association, which was banned by the IOC in 2019, a special task force is in charge of the Tokyo Olympic boxing competition.