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East Java judokas protest ‘unfair’ decision

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Mon, September 19, 2016   /  03:08 pm
East Java judokas protest ‘unfair’ decision Combative competitors – Judoka Tiara Arta Gathia (left) from West Java strives to overpower her rival Windawati Hervelia from East Java in the final match in the women’s 70-kg category during the 2016 National Games (PON) at the Saparua Sports Stadium in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday. (JP/Arya Dipa)

The East Java delegation has sent a letter to the judo competition organizing committee at the 2016 National Games (PON) to protest a referee decision at the event.

The protest letter was received by PON’s judo technical committee head Henri Yuzano at the Saparua Sport Stadium (GOR) in Bandung on Saturday.  

Henri refused to provide details on the protest letter, saying only that dissatisfaction on the part of participants at a sporting event with either the result or procedures was normal.

“We will convey the protest letter to the Indonesian Judo Association [PB PJSI]. As to what their decision will be, that is for the association to determine,” he said.

During the PON 2016, the event’s organizing committee slashes a cash fine of Rp 25 million (US$1,900.78) on any team filing a protest.

The letter follows objections raised by the East Java contingent during a final match for the women’s 70-kilogram category on Thursday. The match between Tiara Arta Gathia from West Java and Windawati Hervelia from East Java became quite emotional. The two athletes had to continue their fight until a golden score stage after they had scored equal points. None of them managed to launch an attack resulting in an ippon, or full point.

Tiara was finally declared the winner after the referee imposed a shido, or a light violation sanction, on Hervelia. The referee claimed that Hervelia had not made any attack attempt during the fight, a decision that drew sharp protest from the East Java contingent.

The PON 2016 offers 22 gold medals for judo. (ebf)

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