Sunday, August 29, 2004
Second Egyptian boxer disqualified
ATHENS, Greece -- Egyptian super heavyweight Mohamed Aly was
disqualified Sunday from his championship bout with Russia's
Alexander Povetkin after failing a medical test.
The disqualification wasn't drug-related, according to boxing
officials, but Aly's injury wasn't specified.
On Friday, Egypt heavyweight Mohamed Elsayed was disqualified
from his semifinal bout for failing a medical test. Elsayed's
injuries also weren't explained.
The disqualifications ended a strange Olympic run for the
Egyptian team, which won three medals in Athens after earning just
one ever before.
Two Egyptian fighters won bouts that were later protested by
their opponents, and light heavyweight Ahmed Ismail was forced to
flee the ring in a hail of boos and water bottles Tuesday night
when his fight against Greece's Elias Pavlidis was stopped because
of cuts on Pavlidis' face.
Aly's disqualification handed a gold medal to Povetkin, the
world champion super heavyweight. Russia won three golds in the