French boxer Murat Aliyev refused to leave the ring, in the super heavyweight quarter-final match in the boxing competitions of the Tokyo Olympics, on Sunday, and remained sitting on the edge of the ring for about an hour, a match, in protest of his loss of the fight.
Referee Andy Mustachew, four seconds before the end of the second round in the match between Aliyev and British boxer Fraser Clark, stopped the fight after the first used his head to hit the second’s head, injuring him.
After the referee announced his decision to stop the fight, Aliyev sat on the edge of the ring, put his feet on the iron ladder, and remained in this state for about half an hour until the officials of the French team came and spoke to him.
“This is my way of declaring that the referee’s decision was unfair,” Aliyev said, adding, “This is unfair. I was ahead in the fight. He stopped the fight without warning, and they told me (I lost), so I think it was a premeditated thing.” As he put it.
After about 15 minutes, Aliyev returned to the ring and resumed his protest in the same place for another 15 minutes, according to Euronews.
France won six medals in the boxing rings during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but in the Tokyo Olympics, the members of the French team did not fulfill their dreams of achieving victories commensurate with their abilities and ambitions.
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