A Malaysian athlete competing at the SEA Games in the Philippines was recently stripped of a gold medal and relegated to the second place amid protests over alleged biased judging.
Rhythmic gymnast Izzah Amzan had earlier been declared as the joint winner with teammate Koi Sie Yan on December 7 due to their tied points in the ribbon event.
Social media users are calling Filipino surfer Roger Casugay a hero after he saved his fellow competitor, Arip Nurhidayat from Indonesia, during the semi-final round at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
The heroic moment occurred on Dec. 6, when the two surfers competed in a one-on-one race, according to Quartz.
The Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games has been heavily criticized online in the days leading up to the sporting event’s official opening on November 30.
Attendees and volunteers at the different venues have been venting and sharing images online of the alleged mismanagement by the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), an agency created by the Philippine government to handle the event.
Indonesia has accused 2017 SEA Games host Malaysia of cheating during the pencak silat competition. Indonesia’s team manager, Edhy Prabowo, believes that Malaysia is giving their own contestants “inflated points”.
The Malaysian team bested the reigning Indonesian champions Yolla Primadona Jumpil and Hendy by 28 points, resulting in Indonesia taking second place with 554 points. According to Channel News Asia, Indonesia’s team manager is certain of foul play, cliaming that getting 570 points is already “extremely difficult”, so Malaysia’s score of 582, he believes, wasn’t possible.