Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped get three year ban

Mongolian coaches Tserenbaatar Tsogbayar and Byambarinchen Bayaraa have been banned from all international competition until August 2019.

By: AP | Published:September 21, 2016 9:06 pm
mongolial Mandakhnaran Ganzorig coaches took off their clothes as they protests after the match against Ikhtiyor Navruzov. (Source: Reuters)

Two Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped to protest an officiating call at the Rio Olympics have been suspended for three years.

According to a letter sent to the Mongolian federation by United World Wrestling on Sept. 13 and forwarded to The Associated Press on Wednesday, coaches Tserenbaatar Tsogbayar and Byambarinchen Bayaraa have been banned from all international competition until August 2019.

Mongolia’s national federation also has been fined 50,000 Swiss francs, which is about $51,000.

The protest by the Mongolian coaches came just moments after referees awarded a match to Uzbekisatn’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov against Mandakhnaran Ganzorig. The Uzbek was awarded a late point after the Mongolian wrestler fled a hold and celebrated too early, with less than 10 seconds left.