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Turkmen Referee, Azerbaijan Official Expelled After Boxing Controversy

Turkmen referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov (center) was criticized for allowing Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov (left) too much time to recover in his bout with Japan's Satoshi Shimizu (right).
Turkmen referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov (center) was criticized for allowing Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov (left) too much time to recover in his bout with Japan's Satoshi Shimizu (right).
A Turkmen boxing referee and an Azerbaijani technical official have been expelled from the London Olympics after their display in a controversial amateur boxing match.

Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov was criticized for not stopping a contest on August 1 between Japan's Satoshi Shimizu's and Magomed Abdulhamidov of Azerbaijan, who repeatedly fell to the floor in exhaustion.

Meretnyyazov was also accused of giving Abdulhamidov too much time to recover. The Azeri was inexplicably awarded a 22-17 decision by judges, which was changed to a win for Shimizu after an appeal.

Azerbaijani official Aghajan Abiyev was also expelled for breaking his contract by communicating with his country's team.

On August 1, German referee Frank Scharmach received a five-day suspension after he controversially disqualified Iranian heavyweight Ali Mazaheri.

Mazaheri was disqualified after he received three warnings for holding his opponent in a fight he was leading 6-4 on points.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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by: Hakan Aslan from: Prague
August 03, 2012 20:39
long live the solidarity of the peoples of the Great Turan!
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by: RD
August 10, 2012 19:05
Turan, Third Reich, not much different. Bunch of Turkic people who think they should all unite their lands and subjigate their minorities. Hitler could have used you instead of Joseph Goebbels. I am sure you would have done a better job.

by: John Harduny from: Reston, VA, USA
August 07, 2012 15:53
Azerbaijan's export of corruption - the notorious caviar diplomacy: the end of the beginning or beginning of the end? This event should receive much more publicity, which it truly deserves. These days Azerbaijan's main export to the world is not oil, it is corruption. In recent years, Azerbaijan's corrupt oil dictators managed to form a ring of illegal activities, and pay their way to membership in international organizations and visibility in key forums. Here is an incomplete list of Azerbaijan's egregious acts of bribery:

- Temporary membership in the UN Security Council (bribed key UN officials and representatives during their visits to Azerbaijan"
- Supposed win in the song contest Eurovision in 2011 (bribed Eurovision's administration)
- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (bribed key parliamentarians to cancel resolutions condemning human right violations by Azerbaijani government)
- Attempts to bribe members of parliament in the UK in 2010
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by: Eziz
August 08, 2012 08:01
Although this particular incident seems to be corruption-related. I'm not sure about the other points. I think those are far fetched. Who care about the Eurovision? Bad songs tend to win there and the winning song did have the qualifications to win.

by: Jacques from: Paris
August 10, 2012 07:30
Aghajan Abiyev, who is called in the story and every other one I have read an International Technical Official (ITO), is actually a little more than that.

He is the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of the Azerbiajan (Ilham Aliyev is the president of this committee) a Member of Parliament in Azerbaijan and a Vice President of the AIBA, the boxing organization which sanctions the Olympic boxing matches.

I do not know why these other titles he has are never mentioned.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
August 10, 2012 11:49
And will never be mentioned because rfe/rl is a biased pro-turkic azeri propaganda `free` Europe ``radio`` ```station```.Lets face it-who doesnt like cheap oil,the best child brides money can buy and free caviar???Is it the Langley Virgins from the breakaway from the greatest of Britains Shamerica or their mouthpieces from the breakaway from Nazi Germany Czech`republic`???Long live todays Goebbelses!!!

by: Spageti
August 10, 2012 12:16
RFE/RL is not anymore what it was once in the good old days. Nowadays more stories on rferl are not original but appear after when they have already been run by other Western sources . A "soup of the soup" that this radio is cooking is actually not a better soup. What is the value in running the story again ? Ok , perhaps there are a few small or adds or but it still is about the ame thing. Instead trt to be imaginative and come up with your own story, dears.

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