While the Rio Olympics has already come to a close, epic stories are still emerging from the remnants of one of the most memorable Olympic games in history. One such story which has been causing online buzz is one of the Mongolian wrestlers who tried to bring home a medal for his country but ended up losing and prompting his half-naked Mongolian wrestling coaches to protest against Olympic officials.
The controversial match, which saw Mongolian wrestler Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran lose the bronze-medal to Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov, was immediately protested by his two coaches following a questionable call by the officials. After having thought that they had already won the match, Mandakhnaran and his coaches, Bayaraa Byambarinchin and Tsogtbayar Tserenbaatar, started celebrating in the final seconds, with the two Mongolians rushing to the mat to claim their victory.
But officials awarded a penalty point to the Uzbek wrestler, costing the Mongolians a win, and an Olympic medal.
In protest, the two Mongolian wrestling coaches began stripping down to their underwear in the middle of the ring, shouting and taunting the officials. They were immediately led out of the venue by Olympics security but behind the roar and cheers of the amused crowd.
Some photos of the incident were shared via Twitter.
Mongolia’s wrestling coaches appear to have some issues with the judges' decision… pic.twitter.com/pZ8z2QGZAW
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The frustration among the Mongolian squad was largely felt, though, as the country was expecting a medal from the Olympics’ wrestling events.
“This was a protest. There was a problem with the refereeing,” said a disgruntled Bayaraa after the match. “Three million people in Mongolian waited for this bronze medal and now we have no medal … 100% of the stadium supported us.”
Nonetheless, the half-naked Mongolian wrestling coaches won over the crowd, garnering cheers of “Mongolia! Mongolia!” from the audience. They have also won over the rest of the world, thanks to their invention of a new Olympic event-dirty dancing.
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