Pun skips replay

Sports Reporter

BATHINDA: The controversial bout between Manoj Kumar and Som Bahadur Pun ended on a low-key note on Thursday with the Services boxer refusing to turn up for the replay of the bout and the Railwayman being declared winner of the quarterfinal in the National boxing championship.

On Wednesday, Manoj was disqualified following three warnings by referee G. Nagpurwala and Som Bahadur was declared winner when he was trailing by five points in the final round.

The Railways filed a protest and the jury, meeting late in the night, reviewed the video footage to order a re-bout.

‘Against norms’

The Services team management claimed on Thursday that replay of the bout did not comply with international norms of the sport and informed the Ring Officials Commission that Pun would not take part in it.

Railways coach Jaidev Bisht described Manoj’s win as the “victory of truth.”

The Services team management was planning to file a written protest against the jury’s decision to order replay of the bout. But timely intervention by some top officials of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) pacified the Services camp.

“They were disturbed, it’s an emotional thing. But we talked to them and there is no protest,” the IBF Vice-President, Asit Banerjee, told The Hindu.

Banerjee said “no action would be taken” against referee Nagpurwala, who left the venue after last night’s embarrassing situation.


Meanwhile, the jury issued a warning to Railways coach Bisht for appearing in the ring during the protest by Manoj and his supporters. However, another Railways coach D. Devan was suspended indefinitely for entering the ring even before the decision had been given on Wednesday.

“Bisht was let off as this would have left the Railways team without their main coach. We have referred Devan’s case to the disciplinary committee which will decide on the time period of the suspension,” Lenni D’Gama, the Chairman of the Ring Officials Commission, said.

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