Mongolian wrestling coaches strip to protest loss

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Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig's coaches react after the judges announced that Uzbekistan's Ikhtiyor Navruzov won folling a video replay in their men's 65kg freestyle bronze medal match on August 21, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig’s coaches react after the judges announced that Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov won folling a video replay in their men’s 65kg freestyle bronze medal match on August 21, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO —Two Mongolian wrestling coaches have taken off their clothing, one all the way down his underwear, to protest the result of a bronze medal match.

Uzbekisatn’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms on Sunday.

Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, likely because the Mongolian began running around in celebration with less than 10 seconds left rather than engaging with Navruzov.

Navruzov won his challenge and the match on criteria as the last wrestler to score.

Ganzorig, who had already started celebrating, fell to his knees in disappointment.

The Mongolian coaches went much further than that.

Byambarenchin Bayoraa took his shoes and shirt off and threw them to the mat in disgust in front of the officials.

Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar stripped all the way down to his blue briefs. The Brazilian crowd started chanting “Mongolia! Mongolia!”

 

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