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Team Rivers ready to protest officiating in Dambe bout

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By Ijeoma Okigbo

The Rivers team said they will protest what they consider to be a bad referee during their 65kg fight in Dambe during the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

La (NAN) reports that the quarter-final bout between Michael Olayemi of Rivers and Hassan Yusuf of Bauchi state ended in Yusuf’s favor on Sunday.

He was declared KO in the second round by the referee.

Dissatisfied with the official result, Emmanuel Ogolo, secretary of the Rivers State Sports Council, said his team would protest the move.

Dambe is a martial art in which competitors in a typical match aim to submit to one another in total submission mainly in three rounds.

This often results in serious bodily injury for the challengers such as broken jaws and ribs.

“I think the arbitration is unfair. Almost every spectator here and even some of the officials have seen what happened, but it’s like what they’re doing here is patronage, which isn’t fair.

“A fighter can’t fight with his hand and someone uses his leg to cross and knock him down. It is wrong.

“I have never experienced this before and that is why we are protesting in this game. It’s either the match is canceled or declared a rematch, ”he said.

Recalling the protest fee of N20,000, Ogolo said his team were determined to protest the referee’s decision and were ready to face the consequences.

“We’re ready for that, whatever makes us successful in this particular game, we will.” (NOPE)

(NAN)

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