“For obvious reasons they (International Boxing Association (AIBA)) have to review their system to avoid controversies relating to suspension of athletes. There has to be a clear way to find out that everyone thinks one person won, then the referees are disagreeing -- that’s not right,” he told PTI in an exclusive interview in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Gowda, who won gold for India in 2014 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 63.64 m, said it is frustrating for any athlete to get robbed off their medal after having won the event.

“If somebody clearly wins; and to rob them off that moment, that’s worse thing -- it is opposite of sports. It is politics. So, I totally understand the frustration that will happen to her (Sarita Devi),” he added.

Gowda said it is disappointing to come across such incidents in boxing every year which happens due to some referees who disagree.

“I follow boxing. Every year, there is always handful of faces that people watch. Clearly 99 per cent people will say this person won, but these three people -- the referees -- are the only people, who disagree,” he said.

Asked whether he was supporting Sarita Devi, Gowda said, “I am not supporting, but there has to be some fairness as is evident in track and field events. It is clear he ran faster than this person and he or she wins. I don’t want to go into the full details of individual situations.”

Devi had lost in the semifinals of the women’s lightweight (60kg) competition at Incheon, South Korea, in September, and tried to give her medal to her opponent at the presentation ceremony as a protest.

Devi, upset with the controversial decision, refused to bend down to let the medal be placed over her neck. She then took the medal and slipped it onto the neck of Park Ji-Na, who had been declared the winner of their semifinal bout.

The South Korean boxer, an eventual silver medalist, tried to give the bronze medal back to Devi, then left it on the podium.

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