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ABAB airs concern over
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The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines executive director Ed Picson expressed concerns over controversial decisions in the 2014 Asian Games, reports from the wires said.

The report said Picson had considered making a complaint after flyweight Ian Clark Bautista’s hotly disputed loss to South Korea's Choe Sang-Don on Saturday.

The Korean had taken a standing count in the third and was visibly dazed yet still won the round on two of the three judges' scorecards.

"These bum decisions are a cause for concern. It makes you feel uneasy and queasy," Picson told the Philippines Star newspaper.

The drama at Wednesday's medal ceremony overshadowed boxing glory for India's five-time world champion Mary Kom, who won her first Asian Games gold.

India's Krishan goes for a place in the middleweight final later Thursday.

Meanwhile, Indian boxer Sarita Devi was facing the prospect of disciplinary action after she refused a medal at the Asian Games, as organizers called for "fair play" following a series of controversies.

Boxing's world body opened a case against Devi, 32, after she rejected her bronze medal and condemned judges over a controversial semi-final loss to South Korea's Park Ji-Na.

"The whole incident looked like a well planned scenario by her and her team," AIBA technical delegate in Incheon David Francis said in a statement.

Son Cheon-Taik, the sports deputy secretary general of the Games organising committee, said Devi's decision to refuse the medal was against the spirit of the event.

But he also said organisers had written to the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) after controversies involving India and Mongolia, among others.

"I have written a formal letter to AIBA requesting they ensure fair play in the boxing competition," he told reporters.

"If India and Mongolia are dissatisfied and file a formal complaint the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) will investigate and take the appropriate actions."

At an extraordinary podium ceremony on Wednesday, Devi snubbed the medal and instead hung it around the neck of her South Korean opponent.*AFP

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