Two Mongolian wrestling coaches stripped off their clothing to protest the result of a bronze medal match, a strange turn in a day where the officiating was highly-criticised. The crazy scene began after Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms on Sunday.
Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, as they felt that the Mongolian was fleeing the match instead of fighting because he was running around in celebration with less than 10 seconds left. Navruzov – whose quarter-final match resulted in the dismissal of all three officials involved after a questionable late call – won his challenge and the match on criteria. Ganzorig, who had already started celebrating the victory, fell to his knees devastated. The Mongolian coaches went much further. Byambarenchin Bayaraa took his shoes and shirt off and threw them to the mat in disgust in front of the officials. Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar one upped him and stripped all the way down to his blue briefs. The Brazilian crowd started chanting ‘Mongolia! Mongolia!’
‘This was a protest. There was a problem with the refereeing,’ Bayaraa said. ‘Three million people in Mongolian waited for this bronze medal and now we have no medal.’