Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mongolian wrestling coaches strip down to underwear in protest of bronze medal loss (VIDEO)

For any of you out there who ever wondered what a Gobi Desert Chippendale's might be like (you know who you are), look no further than the 65 kg bronze medal wrestling match Sunday afternoon when a pair of Mongolian coaches stripped off their clothing on the mat in a protest of a call by officials that gave the medal to Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov.

The bizarre scene unfolded after an afternoon filled with disputed calls — and a lot of multi-syllable names — when  Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6.

Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, believing that the Mongolian was fleeing instead of fighting because he was running around in celebration with less than 10 seconds left.

Navruzov — whose quarterfinal match resulted in the dismissal of all three officials involved after a questionable late call — won his challenge and, ultimately, the match on criteria.

With about seven seconds left in the match, Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig began running around the mat, waving his arms in front of Navruzov in celebration of his impending victory. When the final buzzer sounded, Ganzorig fell to the mat in celebration. His coaches covered him in the Mongolian flag.

Cue the music.

Right after the penalty point call, a disgusted Byambarenchin Bayaraa took his shoes and shirt off and threw them to the mat as Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar stripped all the way down to his blue undies in front of the officials as the Brazilian crowd started chanting “Mongolia! Mongolia!”

"This was a protest. There was a problem with the refereeing," said Bayarra. "The Mongolian wrestler won 7-6 and he lost because of this [judges' decision]. This is the only time in history of wrestling with point penalty."

When in Rio...

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