|Cuban Judoka was Stripped of his Victory, says Former Champion
2012.08.02 - 13:37:55 / email@example.com
LONDON, UK.- Two-time Olympic silver medallist in judo Cuban Dayma Beltrán, affirmed that judoka Oreydi Despaigne (100 kilograms-men), was stripped of a clear victory over Uzbek Ramziddin Saydov at the London Olympic Games.
“This disqualification (Despaigne´s) is something incredible and it is my belief that the judo refereeing in these Games is in very bad shape”, said Beltran who is here as the head trainer of the Mexican squad.
“From the very fact that the referees at the table are telling the main referee what to do through an electronic device, this person loses automatically his independence and the corner’s officials have no function at all” she complained.
She said that that changes the whole judo competition, and said that if this was the way to go in this sport, they should do like in wrestling with only one judge who heeds what the table referees tell him.
“Despaigne´s case is a clear example of bad work, since he had a Waza-ari ahead with only 37 seconds to go, and he didn’t bite anyone, or broke any rule and still was disqualified by a mistaken call of the referees”
Meanwhile, the Cuban judoka was visibly angry with the call. “I did not need to cheat to win the combat. I can not imagine who came up with that idea”
The Cuban coach Justo Noda said he had not seen anything like that in his over 40 years of experience in judo. I went to the referees table and I demanded the President to show the video, and he did not”
It was all a matter of appreciation of the judges, but what a coincidence, it is always against Cuba, sentenced Rafael Manso, national commissioner of the sport.