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Kaew Pongprayoon still believes he was robbed of a gold medal, but he accepts the outcome won't be changed and has urged Thais to accept the results as well. 

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Boxer Kaew Pongprayoon, third left, and taekwondo fighter Chanatip Sonkham, fourth left, take part in an event at Buddhapadipa temple in London to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday Monday. Kittipong Thongsombat


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Kaew 'can live without gold'

Boxer urges Thais to accept result

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LONDON: For boxer Kaew Pongprayoon, life will go on without an Olympic gold medal.

Following his 13-10 loss to China's Zou Shiming in the 49kg final on Saturday, he declared: "I was robbed."

He said yesterday: "I can now get over it. I know that Thais have sympathy for me and think I was robbed. I'd like to tell them that this is part of sports.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has given me support. I did my best. We can't change the result. We have to accept it.

"I have received several phone calls. The encouraging message I like most is 'you get a silver in London but you win a gold in Thailand. I think everybody knows who won and who lost."

The Kamphaeng Phet native said he wanted to hug his parents, wife and daughter who will be at Suvarnabhumi airport to greet him today.

"I will take my family to Koh Chang," said the 32-year-old.

He is expected to get more than 20 million baht in financial rewards from the government and private companies.

After the bout, the Thai boxing team's protest against the decision was rejected because they failed to lodge it within five minutes of the decision being declared, as stipulated.

Thai delegation chief Thana Chaiprasit said yesterday each sport association should have a 'technical official' to look at the rules. He said that in boxing a protest must be filed no later than 30 minutes after a fight in the early rounds but it is five minutes in the final.

Meanwhile, Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Boxing Association (Aiba), said he had nothing to do with a decision in a boxing match.

Asked by a Thai journalist during a press conference on Sunday if there was anything wrong in Kaew's match, Wu said: "It was the judges who made the decision."

Aiba is sueing the BBC over repeated allegations of cash for medals.

Aiba has begun legal action after the broadcaster repeated on Friday night that boxing medals could be bought at London 2012.

urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
accept – to agree to or approve of something ยอมรับ
declare – to state something firmly and clearly  ยืนยัน
rob – to illegally take something away from a person or place ปล้น, ปล้นจี้
sympathy – a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ
encouraging – creating hope; positive; indicating something good is likely to happen ทําให้ใจมีกําลังขึ้น, ชูใจ
native – someone who was born in a particular place ชาวพื้นเมือง
hug –to put your arms round someone กอด
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
reward – something given in exchange for good behaviour or good work, etc รางวัล
bout – a boxing or wrestling match การแข่งขัน
lodge a protest – to make a formal complaint ยื่นคำร้อง
reject – to not accept something ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
stipulate – to state exactly how something must be or must be done ระบุ, ระบุเงื่อนไข
delegation – a group of people chosen or elected by a group to represent them คณะผู้แทน, คณะบุคคลที่เป็นตัวแทนของคนกลุ่มใหญ่
file – to take official action like making a complaint  ยื่นคำร้อง
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
sue – to take legal action against a person or organisation, especially by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that they have caused you ฟ้องร้อง
allegation – an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved ข้อกล่าวหา
cash – money เงินสด
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
broadcaster – a company/person whose job is presenting or talking on television or radio programmes ผู้กระจายเสียงทางวิทยุหรือโทรทัศน์

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