London, England – Another scandal has surfaced at the London Games, as a decision in men's boxing had to be overturned after a protest was logged on behalf of Japanese bantamweight Satoshi Shimizu.
Shimizu lost a 22-17 decision to Magomed Abdulhamidov on Wednesday despite knocking the Azerbaijani to the canvas several times in the third round.
According to a statement released by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), Abdulhamidov fell down six times in the final round. By the AIBA's count, referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov should have counted for at least three of those falls, which would've led to a stoppage and a victory for Shimizu.
"I was shocked about the final scores," Shimizu said shortly after Wednesday's fight. "He fell down so many times. Why didn't I win? I don't understand."
As a result of the AIBA's findings, Shimizu has been reinstated to the tournament and will next face Mohamed Amine Ouadahi of Algeria in the quarterfinal round on Sunday.
The AIBA is investigating Meretnyyazov, who faces possible sanctions for his mishandling of the bout.
This latest scandal comes just one day after eight women's badminton players were expelled from the London Games after being accused of throwing matches in the tournament.