Former world champion boxer Petrova reprimanded for accusing judges of corruption

first_imgFormer world champion Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria no more holds her accreditation to the Women’s World Championships going on in New Delhi after the the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Tuesday revoked it and ruled that her allegation of corruption by judges was not backed by evidence.Petrova, a gold medallist in 2014 edition of World Championships, accused the judges of corruption after losing her 57kg pre-quarterfinal bout to India’s Sonia Chahal on Monday. The India had edged out Petrova 3:2.Just a day before this decision, AIBA had barred Petrova’s coach Petar Yosifov Lesov from the corner for throwing a water bottle inside the ring after the bout.AIBA issued a statement on Tuesday saying that Petrova had disrecpected her opponents, judges, the referee, the event organisers and the world body with her conduct.Also read – Women’s World Championships: Mary Kom and three others enter semis, assure medalsIt said the incident will also be forwarded to AIBA Disciplinary Commission for a review.”Ms. Petrova has made false and misleading statements regarding the AIBA officials. So, AIBA has decided to extend the removal of the accreditation to the Bulgarian boxer Stanimira Petrova (57kg) due to her unacceptable and unsportsmanlike conduct,” AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets said.”She has shown inappropriate behaviour at the conclusion of her event. Her actions are reflective of her coach who disrespects and tries to damage the credibility of the sport,” he added.Virgets said any allegation should be supported by proof, which wasn’t done by Petrova.advertisement”We must change the culture of our coaches and athletes who have been taught that it is acceptable to yell corruption ‘without providing evidence’, every time they lose a bout. Our coaches and athletes must develop the habits of good sportsmanship,” Virgets said.”The AIBA does not tolerate in any circumstances such behaviour against the AIBA values and AIBA Code of Conduct.”The top official also said that the tournament has so far been conducted “under the highest standards of level playing field”.”AIBA has recently put into place many safeguards to ensure fairness within the competition and I am very pleased with the results,” Virgets asserted.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –last_img read more