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Wrestling bronze medal of Swedish Abrahamian stripped by IOC
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21:41, August 16, 2008

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to take away the bronze medal won by Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian at the Beijing Olympic Games, according to a decision made by the IOC Disciplinary Commission here on Saturday.

The IOC commission said Abrahamian has been disqualified from the event of the men's Greco-Roman 84kg wrestling, and no promotion from a fifth-placed wrestler will be announced either as Turkey's Nazmi Avluca had already won one of the two bronzes offered in the category.

Abrahamian, runner-up in Athens, discarded his bronze medal at the awarding ceremony on Aug. 14 in a protest against his semifinal defeat to eventual winner Andrea Minguzzi of Italy.

"This is my last match. I wanted to take title, so I consider my Beijing trip a totally failure," said the 33-year-old.

During his semifinal bout, judges ruled in favor of his rival and eventual winner Minguzzi, which enraged Abrahamian who then confronted officials and left the arena fisting an aluminium barricade.

"I refused to participate in the bronze medal match," said the angry Abrahamian. "It was my friends who begged me and I decided not to disappoint them, so I wrestled (in the bronze medal bout)."

After winning the bronze, Abrahamian took the medal off his neck at the ceremony, put it in the middle of the mat and then left straightly.

Winner Minguzzi said his celebration had been spoiled.

"Certainly one can always question decisions made in the course of refereeing, but in sports it is appropriate to show sportsmanship and accept the results," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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