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Mongolia's wrestling coaches banned for 3 years for Rio strip
Central Asia | sport | 15:35, 22 September 2016 | 3945

AKIPRESS.COM - Rio strip Two Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped off in protest at the judging at last month's Rio Olympics have been suspended for three years, Reuters reports referring to the sport's international federation.

The Mongolia wrestling federation was also fined $51,366, United World Wrestling said on Twitter.

Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar and Byambarenchin Bayaraa undressed and hurled their shoes when their wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was denied victory for avoiding his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds of a bronze medal contest.

Ganzorig, leading Ikhtiyor Navruzov by seven points to six, taunted his opponent by dancing around him in the last 18 seconds of their 65-kg match and was then carried around the ring in triumph by one of the coaches.

But the judges adjusted the score to 7-7, penalizing the Mongolian for "fleeing the hold", and added a further point to the Uzbek's score after a challenge from the Mongolian corner was rejected.

The two Mongolian coaches advanced towards the judges, stripped off their shirts and shoes and hurled them to the floor.

With the crowd erupting, one then took off his tracksuit bottoms and remonstrated with the judges wearing nothing but a pair of trunks.

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