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Tuesday 16 December 2014, 19:59 pm.
Shock decision as Oteng bows out

LONDON: Botswana's London 2012 Olympic campaign got off to a low start, thanks to the controversial officiating yesterday which saw the country's only boxer at the competitions, Oteng Oteng bowing out.
By Staff Writer Thu 18 Dec 2014, 05:58 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Shock decision as Oteng bows out








 Oteng lost 14-12 to a 17 year old boxer from Puerto Rico boxer, Jeyvier Cintron, much to the surprise of many people who watched the fight. While the first round and the second round looked evenly contested, Oteng dominated the last round, but it seems the judges had other ideas and named Cintron the winner.  It was Oteng's debut at the Olympics, having conquered both the local and continental competitions.

"I was very surprised when they announced the results, but I just have to accept and move on," the 22 year old boxer told Mmegi Sport yesterday.

Despite the loss and the controversial decision, Oteng seems to have quickly dealt with the situation and eager to move on. He said the fact that he is out of the competition should not discourage Batswana as there are three other athletes still to compete and hopefully hoist the country's flag. He said the most important thing from now on would be to keep working hard and aim to do much better in the future.

His coach, Khumiso Ikgopoleng was equally disappointed like the rest of other Batswana at the decision of the judges. "The boy did well from the first to the last round. The first two rounds were even. In the last round, Oteng started to dominate and open a gap, but to my surprise, that did not count for anything according to the judges. Everyone in the hall was very surprised and booed the judges' decision," he said. He added that while protesting the result is an option if one queries the result, it would be a waste of time and money because no one ever succeeds in doing that. He said he has already spoken to Oteng and encouraged him to stay focused. "He is disappointed, but also accepts that as an athlete you can either win or lose. I am happy that despite controversial decision by the judges, he has already past that," Khumiso further told Mmegi Sport. Cintron will now meet Brazil's Juliao Hendriques Neto in the next round.

The nation is now banking its hopes on three other athletes, Amantle Montsho, Nigel Amos and Isaac Makwala.



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