Moroccan boxer Younes Baala has been excluded from the Tokyo Olympics, today, Tuesday, after he tried to bite the ear of his New Zealand competitor, David Nyika, in the round of 16 of the boxing competition in the 81-91 kg weight category.
Baala lunged at the New Zealander’s ear while holding his arms, but his opponent managed to avoid the attack that occurred in the third round.
The Sri Lankan referee, Shirumala Thambo, or the five judges, did not notice what the Moroccan boxer had done.
After a fight dominated by Nyica and won 5-0, the organizers announced the exclusion of the Moroccan boxer and the cancellation of his result despite his loss.
A statement issued by the International Olympic Committee’s Boxing Working Group stated that Baala “had a clear intention to bite the ear/face of his opponent in the third round of the match.”
The statement added that Baala was excluded due to his “unbearable movement during the fight.”
Nika tried to downplay the incident in a message on his account on the “Instagram” website, where he wrote: “The heat of battle can bring out the best and worst in people. This is part of the sport… I have nothing but respect for my opponent, and I can appreciate the frustration he felt.” .
Bala (22 years old), ranked 17th in the last world championship (2019).