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10 most controversial moments from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Mongolia wrestling coach protest Rio Olympics 2016
Mongolia's wrestling coach strips after the judges announced that Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov won
Rohith Nair
Modified 24 Aug 2016
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Yet another edition of the Olympics came to an end with the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016 held on 21 August. More than 11,000 athletes had taken part in various disciplines across 28 different sports with the United States of America eventually topping the final medals table with a total of 121 medals followed by Great Britain and China.

While the Rio Olympics were a memorable Games for a variety of reasons, it wasn’t without its share of controversy. We take a look at such infamous moments that will go down in history.

1) Mongolian wrestling coaches strip in protest after losing bronze medal

Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig looked all set to win a medal in the Men's Freestyle 65 kg category when he fought Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in the bronze medal match. Leading 7-6 in the dying seconds of his bout, Ganzorig danced around in the ring and taunted the Uzbek wrestler before the hooter went off.

Ganzorig was then carried around the ring on the shoulders of one of his coaches when the judges penalised him and altered the score. The score became 7-7 after he was penalised for ‘fleeing the hold’ and a further point was lost when the team’s appeal was rejected, giving the Uzbek wrestler an 8-7 victory.

While Ganzorig sank to the mat in utter disbelief, his coaches lost their heads. They approached the judges and started stripping off their shoes and clothes, one of them eventually remonstrating with the judges in nothing but his underwear. 

Uzbek wrestler celebrates Mongolia wrestling coach protest
Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov (front) and his coach celebrate after the decision

Mongolian coach Byambarenchin Bayaraa explained why they protested: “There was a problem with the refereeing. 3 million people in Mongolia waited for this bronze medal and now we have no medal.”

On the other hand, Navruzov celebrated with a prayer and even playfully wrestled his coach to the floor. “He tried to run. This cannot happen. I have little respect for him and for his trainer.”

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Published 22 Aug 2016, 16:46 IST
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