Fenmo, Nathan — LATIMES
Two Mongolian wrestling coaches stripped in protest Sunday after their wrestler lost the bronze medal match.
The coaches had rushed to the mat in celebration minutes earlier at Carioca Arena, believing Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran had defeated Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in the 143-pound (65 kg) class. One coach fell to his knees in the center of the mat and appeared to be sobbing.
But the judges awarded the Uzbekistan wrestler a penalty point — and the victory.
The sudden turn of events enraged the Mongolian coaches. One removed his shirt in front of the judges’ table and flexed. The other took off his shirt and pants, wearing only a pair of underwear.
“This was a protest,” one of the coaches, Byambarenchin Bayaraa, said. “There was a problem with the refereeing.
“Three million people in Mongolian waited for this bronze medal and now we have no medal … 100% of the stadium supported us.”
The coaches piled their clothes on the table. The crowd, meanwhile, roared approval and chanted “Mon-gol-ia! Mon-gol-ia!”
Officials pushed both men off the mat after the display. They eventually put on their clothes before members of Brazil’s National Public Security Force escorted them from the venue as the crowd serenaded them with cheers.
Mandakhnaran, the Mongolian wrestler, remained fully clothed during the incident.