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Asian Games: Judges gift host Qatar taekwondo gold at the expense of Iran

Doha, Dec 9, IRNA-Iran 's 78kg welterweight taekwondo player Mehdi Bibak here Friday night was shamelessly victimized by the judges who had already decided to announce the Qatari finalist the gold winner.

Hikmat Abdulqader Sahran of Qatar, who was not at all of Bibak's caliber, was announced the 8-5 winner of the final farce.

Misjudgment was so clear that the Qatari officials sympathized with Bibak in the locker room and the home fans gave the Iranian a standing ovation during the medal-giving ceremony.

"They trampled upon my country's right," said Bibak, who was convinced by his coach and teammates to attend the ceremony and receive his silver medal.

Iran has delivered a letter to the organizers to express its strong opposition to misjudgment.

Earlier in the day, Iran's 58 kg representative Behzad Khodadad was also denied the final spot by the judges.

The judges should have given at least two points to Khodadad, but they preferred to announce his South Korea rival the 5-4 winner.

Khodadad bagged bronze.

In the 72 kg, the title holder Hadi Saei had already snatched a bronze jointly with Nesar Ahmad Bahave from Afghanistan. Saei blamed his injury for failing to win the gold.

... Payvand News - 12/9/06 ... --

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