Allicock disqualified in controversial decision at Pan Am Qualifiers

first_img… GBA confident of successful appeal with AIBAGUYANA and Caribbean bantamweight boxing champion Keevin Allicock was on Monday evening controversially denied a chance of reaching the semi-final of the Pan Am Qualifiers in Nicaragua, after his quarter-final bout resulted in a loss by walkover.The talented Allicock was set to fight Alexy De Cruz of Dominican Republic but was prevented by Technical Delegate (Fight Supervisor) Raphael Vega who claimed that the Guyanese was wearing an inappropriate coloured vest.The decision of the Costa Rican Vega is now the centre piece of a protest filed by Guyana Boxing Association president Steve Ninvalle.According to a release from the GBA, Vega deemed the colour of Allicock’s vest inappropriate even though the International Technical Officer (ITO) and referee found nothing wrong with the garment.Allicock, who was scheduled to box out of the red corner, entered the ring one hour after being cleared by the ITO, but was then challenged by the Technical Delegate and later given one minute to change the red and black vest.A determined Allicock managed to change but upon his return to the ring lost by walkover. The Guyana camp in Nicaragua immediately filed a protest but was unsuccessful in getting the ruling overturned.Keevin AllicockTeam coach Terrence Poole soon after contacted Ninvalle who filed another protest with both the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) and world governing body AIBA. Ninvalle pointed out that the new rules of AIBA (48.3.4) dictate that a boxer can compete in either those of the corner’s or in his national colours, Red and Black are colours of Guyana’s national flag.Ninvalle, a recently elected vice-president of AMBC described the Technical Delegate’s decision as unjust, unreasonable, unsportsmanlike, excessive, unwarranted and which goes against the grain of what the new AIBA is promoting.“In my personal capacity as president of the GBA and chairman of the Caribbean Steering Committee I have dispatched protests to both the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) and AIBA for this ruling to be overturned and I expect a favorable response”.Up to press time when contacted for a comment, Ninvalle was still optimistic, stating; “I think it is highly likely that it will be ruled in our favour. The supervisor has shown flagrant disregard for the rules.” (Michelangelo Jacobus)last_img read more

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