Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ari accuses Malaysian official of sabotaging kumite team

JAKARTA: The Malaysian women’s kumite team are crying foul after being “robbed” of the gold at the Tennis Indoor Stadium yesterday. And they are accusing a Malaysian official of sabotaging them.
The team lost 2-1 to Indonesia and coach P. Arivalagan immediately blamed it on biased judging. Arivalagan even went as far as alleging that it was a Malaysian official, jealous of the team’s success, who had influenced the referees to score against the national exponents.

Malaysia were favourites to win the gold after their hard fought 1-0 win over Vietnam, the Laos 2009 gold medallists, in the first round after the first two ties ended in a draw.
In the semi-finals, Malaysia edged Thailand 2-1 while Indonesia defeated the Philippines 2-0. In the final, Jamaliah Jamaludin faced Indonesia’s Nur Hadiyanti in the first bout and, although it was the Malaysian who landed more punches and kicks, it was the Indonesian who took the tie 1-0.

G. Yamini, who won the gold medal in the individual kumite below 61kg on Sunday, levelled the score with a 2-1 win over Yulando Asmuruf.
In the third bout, Martinel Pihastuti beat Shakkila Sani 4-2 to deliver the winning point and the gold medal for Indonesia.

Arivalagan was furious with the “biased judging”.
“The final match was fixed and the referee from Taiwan was biased in his decision against Jamaliah in the first bout,” he raged.
“Jamaliah was better than the Indonesian girl and deserved to win. Instead, the referee awarded the point to the Indonesian.”

Arivalagan also alleged that the same referee had also ‘fixed’ Jamaliah’s bout at last year’s Guangzhou Asian Games.
“Jamaliah fought better than her opponent in the Asian Games and should have been in the final. But her rival reached the final because of the referee,” alleged Arivalagan, whose contract as the national chief coach ends next month.

“A Malaysian official is unhappy with me and the achievements of the national kumite exponents and is fixing the results against us.”
Malaysia, who lost to Indonesia 3-0 in the semi-finals, bagged the bronze after beating Vietnam 3-1 in the men’s kumite team repecharge.

Indonesia captured the gold by defeating the Philippines 3-0 in the final.
The three-day karate competition ended yesterday with hosts Indonesia bagging 10 of the 17 golds at stake. Malaysia finished second with a haul of 4-2-8 and Vietnam third on 3-8-3.


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