Malaysia file protest following revocation of gymnast’s gold

Izzah Amzan displays her flexibility during the ribbon routine. (Bernama pic)

CLARK: Malaysia have filed a formal protest to the SEA Games Organising Committee (PHISGOC) following the revocation of a gold medal won by gymnast Izzah Amzan on Dec 7.

Chef de mission Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said the matter should not have happened since the medal presentation was held right after the event ended.

“It was not an easy task, as it involved the image of the participating countries and they (PHISGOC) had accepted our protest, and I told them to re-enter the gold (in the medal tally) later today,” he told reporters today.

Megat noted that Malaysia would extend the matter to the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) if the issue was not resolved by PHISGOC.

“Through a meeting (with PHISGOC representative) this morning, I presented several clauses in the technical book and they understood and agreed.

“What we regretted was the (decision) made by the technical delegation (in rhythmic gymnastics competition),” said Megat.

He noted that the issue of joint gold medallists in rhythmic gymnastics had occurred in Singapore (2015) when Malaysia’s Koi Sie Yan and N Shasangari Sivaneswari were named winners of the individual all-round event.

Malaysia Gymnastics Federation president Rachel Lau was reported to have sent an official protest to the International Gymnastics Federation following several controversial decisions involving national gymnasts.

Sie Yan and Izzah scored an identical 15.200 points in the ribbon apparatus on Dec 7, but the jury declared Sie Yan the gold medallist while Izzah took second place, based on levels of difficulties.

The competition technical delegates, however, declared the two gymnasts joint winners after the national camp protested against the jury’s initial decision.