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India boxing team protests scoring at Asian Games



INCHEON: India boxing official Sagarmal Dhayal says a formal protest has been lodged against the outcome of an Asian Games semifinal bout after judges awarded a unanimous decision to South Korea's Park Ji-na over L.Sarita Devi in the 60-kilogram division, prompting loud criticism from sections of the crowd and condemnation from a coach.

India's chief coach Blas Iglesias Fernandes says it was a "clear bout and only dishonest people can do something like this," adding that "It's a clear case of a pre-determined judgment."

Olympic Council of Asia delegates and boxing officials at the venue did not immediately react to the Indian furor.

Amateur boxing last year moved to a pro-style, 10-point scoring system, discarding the latest version of the much-criticized computer punch-count systems implemented after the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

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