Boxing Australia KOs Geale's Athens hopes

Boxing Australia has rejected a call for the Australian Olympic Committee to intervene in the selection of the team for Athens.

The coach of the Tasmanian and national welterweight champion Daniel Geale made the call the after the Oceania Titles in Tonga at the weekend.

Graham George said Geale lost in the quarter-finals of the titles because of questionable judging and unfairly lost his chance to compete in Athens.

And he said the cases of Ian Thorpe and Michael Diamond proved Olympic selection rules could be bent.

"We did it with Ian Thorpe, we're doing it with Michael Diamond - our best athletes are going," he said.

"Daniel Geale is the best welterweight boxer in Australia. He's turned down lucrative offers to turn professional to represent Australia at the Olympics, and just by poor judging in one fight the last four years have been wasted."

But the secretary-general of Boxing Australia, Grant Peters, said he was satisfied an appeal against the decision received a fair hearing.

"The jury considered the appeal, or the protest, which took approximately two and a half hours," Mr Peters said.

"They thoroughly examined every aspect of the protest and came back with the decision that they could not uphold it."


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