Malaysian Athlete Accuses Asian Games Judges of Bias

Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari
Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari

A Malaysian athlete accused judges of bias and stormed out of a tumultuous match of the Indonesian martial art pencak silat at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.

Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari, the 2016 world champion, withdrew in protest seconds before the end of the final and punched a hole in the wall of the warm-up area, as Indonesia’s Komang Harik Adi Putra bagged gold in the heated contest.

“I’m not mad at my opponent nor the supporters, but I’m mad because the jury didn’t give the point fairly,” 26-year-old Al-Jufferi said, according to the games’ official website.

Al-Jufferi dominated the early part of the men’s 65-70kg final but the 23-year-old Komang came back strongly.

Komang eventually clinched the match 4-1 and Al-Jufferi’s coach was left trying to calm down the Malaysian, who pulled out two seconds before the finish.

Harry Warganegara, of the games organizing committee, told AFP Al-Jufferi was unlikely to be sanctioned.

“We think it was very unfortunate though we try to understand (what the athlete was going through),” he said. “But I don’t think there will be any sanctions.”

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