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Maggie Hendricks

Swedish wrestler stripped of medal he doesn't want

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In the Olympic equivalent of "You can't fire me, because I quit!" Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian was stripped of his bronze medal by the International Olympic Committee after he dropped his medal on the mat during the 96 kg (211 lbs) Greco-Roman medal ceremony. It's a pretty empty gesture when Abrahamian made his feelings pretty clear about that medal. What struck me is that the IOC specifically punished Abrahamian for disrupting the medal ceremony, but they had nothing to say about him coming after the judges in his controversial loss the eventual gold medalist Andrea Minguzzi. Abrahamian had to be restrained by his coaches, but the safety of the judges must not be as important to the IOC as the sanctity of their precious medal ceremony. If I were a judge, that would make me think twice before accepting an invitation to the Olympics.

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