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Bejar's tough road to karate finals ends in silver

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Filipino karateka John Paul Bejar had quite the eventful campaign in the below-55 kg division of the men's kumite in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

The 22-year-old student of Far Eastern University was judged the loser of his semifinal match against Malaysia's Prem Kumar Al Selvam, but he knew that it should not be the case.

JP Bejar. Photo by Camille B. Naredo
"Alam ko kung ano 'yung mga rules. Kaya nung naglalaro kami, nag-iisip ako bakit hindi siya binigyan ng ganoong foul, walang penalty na ganoon. Eh alam ko na 'yun 'yung nangyari," Bejar told Philippine media after his event.

Apparently, the Malaysian competitor had committed four fouls in their match, which was grounds for disqualification.

Three fouls -- two for not clashing within a 20-second time period, and one for grabbing -- were called, but another, for stepping outside, was not.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/23/17/sea-games-bejars-tough-road-to-karate-finals-ends-in-silver

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