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India approach CAS after Vikas appeal rejected

August 05, 2012 12:20 IST

India took a strong exception to their protest being rejected to overturn the controversial ouster of 69kg boxing medal hope Vikas Krishan from the Olympics by approaching the Court of Arbritration of Sports on Saturday.

The world governing body for the game rejected India's appeal following Vikas's ejection from the Olympics, despite winning his pre-quarter-final bout against Errol Spence of the United States, after a review.

The Indian boxing officials filed a protest with AIBA, which was thrown out. Following the rejection, India approached the CAS to intervene in the matter as they feel the review carried out by AIBA was not fair.

"This is to inform you that we have submitted a Preliminary Complaint in writing to the CAS against the reversal of decision of bout no. 142 between Vikas Krishan and Errol Spence of USA in the 69 kgs wherein the Jury of AIBA reversed the decision of Vikas winning the bout and announcing it in favour of Errol Spence of USA," PK Muralidharan Raja, acting Chef de Mission, of the Indian contingent at the London Olympics said in a media release on Saturday.

World amateur bronze medallist Krishan originally won his bout against Errol Spence 13-11 but, after reviewing video footage, the AIBA declared the American the winner.

Vikas KrishnanThe governing body said its competition jury found Spence should have been awarded four additional points for fouls committed by the Indian.

Raja said the jury reviewing the appeal did not consider the fouls committed by the American boxer in the second and third round.

"The counter appeal submitted by India to AIBA was not accepted by them on the grounds that their Jury has already reviewed the bout and given its decision. India's stance was that the fouls committed by Errol Spence in round 2 & 3 were not considered by AIBA and they only took into account the points lodged in the protest by USA," he said.

The appeal letter was sent to Mr Matthiew Reeb, Secretary General, CAS on 04 August 2012. The weighing in and medical for quarter-final bouts of 69 kgs will be held on 07 August 2012.

Harish Kotian London