ATHENS, Greece -- Greece has lodged a protest over the controversial end to light heavyweight Elias Pavlidis' Olympic bout against Egypt's Ahmed Ismail, saying Ismail delivered several illegal hits that caused Pavlidis to become too injured to continue.
The Hellenic Boxing Federation lodged the protest shortly after the match ended Tuesday night in a storm of boos from a partisan crowd hoping to see Greece win its first Olympic boxing medal. Pavlidis took an 18-12 lead after two rounds, but referee P.K.M. Raja of Indonesia called off the fight because of serious cuts on Pavlidis' face.
The decision sparked a melee in Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall, with fans throwing water bottles at the ring and forcing Ismail to run for cover.
Greece's protest claims "the Egyptian athlete ... did not compete fairly, as can be seen clearly in the videotape." The protest doesn't specify the hits involved, saying only that most occurred in the second round.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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