Beijing, Aug 14 : The boisterous Chinese crowds at the ongoing Olympics events have been blamed for mounting pressure on their fellow countrymen judges/ referees to decide the games in favour of Chinese players. A couple of instances were noticed yesterday in events like Double Trap shooting, Gymnastics and boxing.
Australian veteran shooter Russell Mark alleged that Chinese judges were "influenced by a boisterous home crowd", thereby "helping" local hope Hu Binyuan win the Double Trap bronze medal. He maintained that local judges had awarded a hit to Hu even though he missed the target.
"One of them clearly he missed. I don't think anyone out there thought he hit it. If that had been for a gold medal, I would have been protesting. The referees have to be in unison but there was a lot of doubt about a lot of the shots out there," The News quoted Mark as saying.
He added: "I'm glad it wasn't for a gold medal because that is all that this Olympics would have been remembered for unfortunately."
Similar allegation of hometown advantage was made at the National Indoor Stadium after China beat the US in women's gymnastics in front of a noisy Chinese crowd. US team coordinator Martha Karolyi blamed stadium officials for distracting one of their athletes who went on to make crucial mistakes that she said destroyed their title hopes, although USA Gymnastics later played down the remarks.
China won its showdown after Alicia Sacramone fell off the balance beam then slipped over during the floor exercise, opening the way for the home team to post a narrow 2.375 point victory. "First they called her name up, then they did not even put her name up even though the Chinese had finished ... (it was) totally unusual holding," said Karolyi.
Judging controversies have also blighted the boxing tournament, added the paper.