Wrestling coaches banned for three years for bizarre Olympics protest

World Wrestling has banned Mongolian coaches Byambarinchen Bayaraa and Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar for three years for their bizarre protest during the Olympics.

The pair responded to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig's controversial defeat to Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov in his under-65kg bronze medal match by first throwing their shoes at the match judge and then stomping onto the mat and tearing their clothes off.

An investigation was opened into their conduct and they have now been suspended. The Mongolian federation will face no ban from competition but has been fined 50,000 Swiss Francs (€45,800).

A post on World Wrestling's Twitter account on Wednesday read: "Decision re: MGL at RIO 2016.

"Coaches Bayaraa + Tsogtbayar suspended 3yrs.

"MGL wrestling fed. fined 50k Francs.

"MGL cleared to compete."

Ganzorig had been leading 7-6 with 18 seconds remaining when he began to dance around Navruzov in celebration. He was penalised for passivity, bringing the scores level.

That prompted the coaches' protest, which in turn brought a second caution to hand Navruzov an 8-7 win.

More in this Section

Haringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuseHaringey boss pulled ‘frightened’ players off pitch amid alleged racist abuse

Guardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at PalaceGuardiola praises makeshift City defence for clean sheet in 2-0 win at Palace

Ballintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late pointsBallintubber win fifth Mayo senior title with three late points

East Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fireEast Kerry gain revenge on Dingle with Clifford brothers on fire


Lifestyle

'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

More From The Irish Examiner