The Swedish wrestler who threw away his medal in protest at the Beijing Olympics has been banned from the sport for two years.
Wrestling’s governing body said Thursday it had suspended Ara Abrahamian and coach Leo Myllari. It said their “scandalous behaviour” showed a “serious lack of Olympic spirit.”
Abrahamian disputed a call in his semifinal loss in the Greco-Roman 84-kilogram division. His Italian opponent went on to win the gold medal.
Abrahamian won his bronze medal bout but staged a protest at the ceremony.
He walked off stage and angrily dropped his medal on the mat. The IOC expelled him from the games.
Sweden’s wrestling federation is also banned from hosting international events for two years.
Personally, I do not have much patience for unseemly acts of sportsmanship, because there is a place and time for everything. With that being said, the Olympics are not the place for individual exhibitions of politics, temper tantrums, or protests! His conduct was deplorable!
This I had … missed! News for me … and they are right in banding him. Terrible behavior.