Officials cost me gold - Colquhoun
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS fighter Matthew Colquhoun has returned home with a silver medal won at the recent Pan American Sambo Games aggrieved by what he described as questionable calls by officials.
Sambo is a form of martial arts that originated in Russia. Jamaica's two fighters returned from the Pan Am games in Colombia with two medals - Colquhoun's silver and a bronze won by Alrick Wanliss, a former International Taekwon-Do Federation and combined martial arts team microweight star.
Colquhoun believes his silver could have been a gold if the officials had properly enforced rules relating to players stepping outside the mat.
young and inexperienced
"In sambo, once you're outside the red line, the referee stops the fight, you reset, he says engage and you go at it again," Colquhoun told STAR Sports. "In this instance, it wasn't the case. Once I was outside, he continued to push and got the points and that was the decision. If I got a takedown, worth four points, they were giving me two. "
Colquhoun said his team did not appeal the decision because the US$300 fee to lodge a complaint was more than they could afford.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Sambo and Combat Sambo Federation president, Daniel Chacko-Wilmot, said the calls resulted from the officials being young and inexperienced. He also pointed out that other countries had similar complaints with their matches.
"It was basically the home-crowd advantage," he said. "Any time you have a dubious decision, it usually goes to the home crowd. We saw a lot of dubious calls. It seemed to largely go in favour of the Colombians and the Venezuelans.
"At the end of the day, you'd have to sit down and statistically say five went to the Venezuelans, five to the Colombians and only one went to Jamaica. A lot of the officials that were there were new, young and inexperienced, so I wouldn't want to say that it was anybody necessarily cheating. I just think they were young calls.
"It's very unfortunate for Matthew that the calls went against him because it gave the other man the momentum to go on and win the bout," Chacko-Wilmot added.