Friday, August 15, 2008

Bad Olympic behavior

Wrestling with the pain of defeat

Douglas Hamilton August 15, 2008 - 10:28AM

Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian threw down his bronze medal in protest at the refereeing on Thursday after his bid for greco-roman gold failed and now faces an International Olympic Committee (IOC) hearing.

Abrahamian took the bronze from around his neck during the medal ceremony for the 84kg competition, stepped from the podium and dropped it in the middle of the wrestling mat then walked off.

His coach denounced his defeat in the semi-final as a result of "politics".
"I don't care about this medal. I wanted gold," Abrahamian said, adding that he would retire from the sport.

"There will be a disciplinary hearing on this matter," an IOC official told Reuters. It was not clear when the hearing would take place.

If the IOC considers his explanations are not sufficient or if it rules he has brought his sport into disrepute he could risk being formally stripped of his medal.

A bitter Abrahamian, silver medallist at Athens 2004, announced he was quitting the sport after his bronze medal bout.

"This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure," the 33-year-old said.

The Swedish wrestler had to be restrained by team mates when a row erupted with judges over the decision in the semi-final bout with Andrea Minguzzi of Italy, who went on the take gold.
Abrahamian shouted at the referee and judges then went over to their seats to speak to them up close. He angrily threw off the restraining arm of a team official then turned and left.
Swedish fans booed loudly as the judges filed out of the arena.
Abrahamian said nothing to waiting reporters but whacked an aluminium barricade with his fist as he left the hall.
The gold medallist, who kissed the Chinese medal bearer after receiving his gold, said Abrahamian's walkout "did in a way spoil the victory ceremony for me".
"Certainly one can always question decisions made in the course of refereeing, but in sports it is appropriate to show sportsmanship and accept the results," Minguzzi said.
Hungary's Zoltan Fodor, an outsider who said he "never dreamed of reaching the final" won the silver.
Abrahamian said he believed his loss to the eventual gold medallist Minguzzi was "totally unjustified". The wrestler said his friends "called me just 20 minutes before the (bronze) competition, begging me to compete".
"I decided that I had come this far and didn't want to let them down, so I wrestled," he said.
Swedish coach Leo Myllari said: "It's all politics."
Myllari did not say if he intended to lodge a formal protest over the decision by referee Jean-Marc Petoud of Switzerland, judge Lee Ronald Mackay of Canada, and mat chairman Guillermo Orestes Molina of Cuba.
Now see this makes me sick. My dad's favorite phrase for acting up when I was little was "showing your ass". This may be one of the best examples of showing your ass I have ever seen. This ol boy needs some lessons in self-control


*Sarah* said...

Good lord. Must be all that TESTOSTERONE. Nah, he's just an idgit. Life must kind of suck for him if he is always so unaccepting of anything but perfection. This actually reminds me of something my friend Dean would do. Bleehhh. What an attention whore. There are people that get no medals at all!

Holly said...

ya there has NEVER been politics thrown into any competition he's been in before? dripping sarcasm.

so he came for the gold and got something you REALLY want the world to remember you as the jerk from Sweden? and now he might not even have that....gosh, that'll show those judges, they'll never not award HIM the gold again!

such childish behavior.

Paige said...

Yeah he sucks.

Maybe he was having a fit of roid rage, but he needs a mama to whip his butt til he gets grateful

Paige said...

Yeah he sucks.

Maybe he was having a fit of roid rage, but he needs a mama to whip his butt til he gets grateful

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