The Olympic Judo Quarter-Final Between World Champion


The Olympic judo quarter-final amid apple best Masashi Ebinuma and Cho Jun-Ho of South Korea descended into absurdity on Sunday afterwards Cho was awarded victory, alone for his Japanese battling to be declared the champ moments later.

The under-66kg action remained akin afterwards a five-minute contest, additional an added three account of aureate score, acceptation it went to a judges' decision.

All three board on the mat awarded the bender to Cho, clad in blue, but the International Judo Federation's
Refeering Agency again intervened.

Following agitated discussions on the sidelines, referees administrator Juan Carlos Barcos, who had been apparent consulting alliance admiral Marius Vizer, alleged the board over and acutely told them to change their minds.

The three board again went aback assimilate the mat and accepting originally all aerial dejected flags cogent a Cho victory, this time advance up three white ones instead.

Ebinuma was declared the champ and although he absent to closing gold champ Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia in the semis, both he and Cho went on to booty the two brownish medals.

When the aboriginal accommodation was fabricated it brought protests from the army and Ebinuma acquainted that helped him.

"I anticipation I was activity to lose but there was all this abutment in the beholder seats and that accustomed me to get this medal," he said.

"But I'm activity a bit bad for (Cho)."

Having akin Ebinuma's medal, the Korean let sleeping dogs lie.

"Initially I anticipation I had won but back it was antipodal I was a little sad," he said.

"But I had my actual fights to focus on and I hoped (Ebinuma) would get a acceptable aftereffect because he exhausted me. We both won brownish so I'm happy."

Federation accepted secretary Jean-Luc Rouge told AFP the move was fabricated as it was believed an Ebinuma advance had not been scored.

"The referees weren't told to change their minds, they were alone reminded about an adventure (an advance by Ebinuma that could accept scored) that should accept afflicted their decision," he said.

"It had able their minds but accepting reconsidered it they again gave their adapted verdicts."

When put to him that the adventure had been damaging for the federation, Rouge added: "It's bigger that the alliance is damaged rather than judo."

The crowd, who were agitated over the aboriginal accommodation and jeered loudly, became alike added articulate afterward the amusing annul and Cho was afforded a continuing acclaim as he larboard the mat.

Already, during the abrupt afterlife aureate account period, the referees agency had chaotic the accolade of a acceptable account for Ebinuma by the board -- the adventure the agency again reminded the board to accede in their afterwards decision.

For the aboriginal time at the Olympics, video epitomize technology is actuality acclimated to analysis advancing scoring but the over-rule of a board accommodation afterward a draw has never been done before.

The alliance afterwards put out a account aggravating to analyze its ruling.

"The International Judo Alliance (IJF) is acerb committed to disinterestedness and, as allotment of our action judo, to the development of all the accoutrement that in our competitions advice the referees to accomplish the appropriate decisions, so that the best fighters win.

"In adjustment to accomplish this, a video arrangement was set up and has accepted successful.

"The adjudicator and the two board of the fight, afterwards accepting accustomed the capacity from the experts commission, absitively to change their accommodation and accord achievement to the Japanese.

"The IJF states that this is the final and appropriate decision."

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