Rio 2016: ‘Robbed’ Okwiri Bows Out

Kenyan boxer Rayton Okwiri was controversially eliminated from the Rio 2016 Olympics after felling 3-0 to Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii in the men’s round of 16 69kg welterweight category at Riocentro Pavillion 6, Rio de Janeiro.

Okwiri, who carried Kenya’s hopes of an Olympic medal after the elimination of Peter Mungai and Benson Gicharu on Wednesday, lost to the 23-year-old Moroccan 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28.

The 30-year old, watched from the ringside by Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, protested after the fight claiming that he beat Rabii, ranked 2nd in all the rounds of the fight.

“I controlled the game from round one and I wonder how I lost this bout,” a stunned Okwiri lamented.

He continued: “He (Rabii) has not beaten me in any of the rounds and I don’t know what the judges were looking at.

“I’m just wondering what went wrong in this one. I had prepared well for this fight and had high hopes of winning a medal for Kenya,” he said.

The late Robert Wangila Napunyi remains the only Kenyan boxer to win gold at the Summer Games in the 1988 Games in Seoul, Korea.

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