Baku, Azerbaijan, June 25
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Turkish Boxing Federation will file a complaint to the International Boxing Association over the unfair refereeing towards some Turkish athletes at the First European Games in Baku, Eyup Gozgec, president of Turkish Boxing Federation told Trend.
Only two of all the athletes, representing Turkey in boxing at Baku 2015, advanced to the semifinals, while nine of them could have reached quarterfinals, according to Gozgec.
None of the Turkish boxers, competing in the semifinals, could advance to the finals and had to settle for the bronze medal, he added.
Gozdec said that Turkey's team performed well at Baku 2015 tournaments, however, the judges were unfair towards some athletes.
"Such mistakes are made in boxing like in all other sports," he said, adding that glaring mistakes were made by the judges in boxing at Baku 2015.
"I am a board member of the International Boxing Association and will raise this issue at the next board meeting," Gozgec added.
The European Games that kicked off June 12, will last till June 28. There is a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports.
More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe came to Baku to represent their nations over 17 days of competition. Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.
Edited by SI