Stunned by Vikas Krishan’s ouster from the Olympic Games following a reversal of decision by the International Boxing Association, Indian Chef-de-Mission PK Muralidharan Raja on Saturday said the country’s contingent will not take AIBA’s decision lying down even though it has “limited options” in the matter.
In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Vikas (69kg) was ousted after AIBA overturned the result of his pre-quarterfinal bout, that he had won, following a review.
The 20-year-old had won 13-11 over Errol Spence in a thrilling contest Friday night but following an appeal by his rival’s team management, the AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American citing the fouls committee by the Indian which were not noticed by the referee.
Raja, also the Indian Boxing Federation’s Secretary General, said the team will not accept the decision.
“I will be meeting the Indian boxing team at 10:00 am (2:30pm IST) and then we will decide the future course of action,” Raja told PTI.
“The decision has been overturned but it’s not as if we cannot do anything about it,” he insisted.
But Raja admitted that there were not too many options in front of the team after the world body’s review and reversal of the original decision.
“In such cases, the jury decision is final. Because they replay the bout and go through it very closely before deciding whether to stick to the original decision or overturn it. Not many options are there but let’s see. We will still try to find a way forward,” he said.