The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Tuesday revoked the accreditation of former World champion Stanimira Petrova for making “false and misleading statements” about the international federation's judges during the World women's championships at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, here.
Stanimira, who lost her 57kg pre-quarterfinal bout to home boxer Sonia Chahal 3-2, had accused the judges of indulging in “corruption” and her coach Petar Lesov had thrown a water bottle and made an inappropriate gesture towards the Indian spectators.
The AIBA immediately withdrew Lesov's accreditation and debarred him from second. After going through media reports based on Stanimira's comments, the AIBA took the disciplinary action against Stanimira for her “unacceptable and unsportsmanlike conduct.”
“She has shown inappropriate behaviour at the conclusion of her event. Her actions are reflective of her coach who disrespects and tries to damage the credibility of the sport," said AIBA executive director Tom Virgets in a statement.
Both Lesov and Stanimira's cases have been forwarded to the AIBA disciplinary committee for further action. Virgets said such behaviour was against AIBA values and Code of Conduct and added that the international federation recently put in place safeguards “to ensure fairness within the competition.”
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