Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Bout was stopped after two rounds
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece has lodged a protest over the
controversial end to light heavyweight Elias Pavlidis' Olympic bout
against Egypt's Ahmed Ismail, saying Ismail delivered several
illegal hits that caused Pavlidis to become too injured to
The Hellenic Boxing Federation lodged the protest shortly after
the match ended Tuesday night in a storm of boos from a partisan
crowd hoping to see Greece win its first Olympic boxing medal.
Pavlidis took an 18-12 lead after two rounds, but referee P.K.M.
Raja of Indonesia called off the fight because of serious cuts on
The decision sparked a melee in Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall,
with fans throwing water bottles at the ring and forcing Ismail to
run for cover.
Greece's protest claims "the Egyptian athlete ... did not
compete fairly, as can be seen clearly in the videotape." The
protest doesn't specify the hits involved, saying only that most
occurred in the second round.