Mongolia Wrestling Coaches Strip Off Clothes in Protest of Official's Decision at Rio Games

Mongolia Wrestling Coaches Strip Off Clothes in Protest of Official’s Decision at Rio Games

Two coaches for Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig took off their clothes to protest a penalty point awarded to Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov, which gave Ikhtiyor Navruzov the win in the bronze medal match.

Mandakhnaran Ganzorig’s bronze medal in the 65kg category hogged limelight for non-wrestling reasons as the grappler’s coach, unhappy with judges decision, stripped on the mat. The Mongolian was penalised by the judges for a premature celebration, with just seconds to go.

Ganzorig was up against Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan for the bronze medal, and the 8-7 decision not in their favour didn’t go to well with the Mongolian camp. In a crazy sequence of events, the coach took the mat, and right next to the referee stripped to his underwear.

It was a busy day on the mat for the Mongolian as he, after beating Yogeshwar Dutt in the opening round, lost in the quarters but got a second life after his opponent – Soslan Ramonov of Russia – reached the gold-medal round.

Ganzorig beat Canada’s Haislan Garcia 3-0 in Repechage Round 2 and met the Uzbek wrestler in the bronze medal round.

Mongolia Wrestling Coaches Strip Off Clothes in Protest of Official's Decision at Rio Games

The Mongolian trailed 2-4 in the first round but started positively in the second round. Uzbek grappler hit back and the two cautions to Ganzorig helped his cause. In the end, Navruzov pocketed the bronzemedal and the contest.

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