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Storm of angry tweets rain down on boxing association

Netizens, both on Twitter and Facebook, reacted angrily to the controversial refereeing decision by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) that saw the glove of Chinese boxer Zou Shiming raised to win the light flyweight Olympic gold medal over his Thai opponent Kaew Pongprayoon early yesterday morning.

"Shame on AIBA. We won't ask for gold medal for Kaew if it's a fair game last night. Even the audiences knew Thailand should be the winner," Patcharida Mam Wattana, a singer and voice trainer, commented via her Twitter account ?@patcharida in response to the result of the Olympic fight.

Zou, the champion at the Beijing 2008 Games, was credited with all three rounds in a 13-10 point victory, although the decision was roundly booed by the crowd at the Excel arena and Kaew slumped to the floor in disbelief when the referee raised the three-time world champion's arm.

Charoen Wattanasin, a sports administrator whose Twitter account is @Charoen_online, posted in his timeline that "Social Media should write a petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) against AIB, if we get five million petitions, I believe AIBA would be shaken."

Meanwhile, Panisara Opal Pimpru used her Twitter account @chocoopal to retweet some comments of a follower whose twitter account is @ammybottomblues, including one that read: "AIBA You just destroyed respect and spirit of boxing #Kaew, you are hero # people are not stupid."

But Trisdee na Patalung, a conductor, posted in the timeline of his Twitter account @Trisdee that "Wait Should we blame China or Referee."

Kornphop Joke Chancharoen, a singer known as Jokesocoll whose Twitter account is @jokesocool, tweeted in his timeline that "gold medal is imaginary victory but the ability that the world see is real. He could take the medal but the pride is with us."

John Winyu, a popular TV show host, posted on @johnwinyu that "the most important thing is continuing supporting Thai athletes. Don't be bored and then forget it or stopping reporting the story or ignore. We should support them."

Saengsuriya Saran posted a comment on AIBA's facebook fanpage that read: "AIBA!!!! You are businessman. So how much they paid for won. Become a rich company!!!! But poor justice."


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