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Russian minister questions Irish boxer Katie Taylor's gold medal win

Published 13/08/2012

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor, pictured, led Ireland's boxers to four podium finishes at the Olympics

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko last night attempted to tarnish Katie Taylor's gold by accusing the judges of being "blind".

Referring to the Irish lightweight's 10-8 win over Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the women's boxing final last Thursday, Mr Mutko said: "How can you give such scores? You'd have to be blind."

Russia's Olympic Committee head, Alexander Zhukov, said the judges may have been swayed by the enthusiastic cheering from the Irish fans.

Mr Mutko, however, was less forgiving and suggested that the judges have favoured British and Irish athletes.

"We see that a happy ending was prepared in boxing," said Mr Mutko, who also questioned other decisions which had gone against Russian athletes, particularly in boxing and weightlifting.

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