[UPDATED] Barriga protest rejected
MANILA, Philippines - After Mark Barriga's loss to Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov on Saturday, August 4, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) filed a protest, contesting the penalty that cost Barriga the fight, according to AKTV.
The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) rejected the protest shortly after, upholding the outcome of the fight.
In an interview with AKTV, ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson said AIBA did not bother to watch the fight tape, because they felt the protest was "groundless" and "too subjective to review."
Barriga was penalized for a headbutt in the final round, which gave Zhakypov two extra points. The penalty proved to be costly after Zhakypov defeated Barriga 17-16 in their light flyweight, round of 16 fight.
ABAP filed a protest with AIBA, saying a boxer should receive three warnings before receiving a penalty, believing Barriga did not receive the requisite three before he was penalized. AIBA ruled the penalty appropriate.
The rejection of the protest means Zhakypov continues to the quarterfinals, while Barriga is out of the Olympics. - Rappler.com