Way to go, Olympic judges. By “awarding” Swedish greco-roman wrestler Ara Abrahamian the bronze medal — when it was obvious to everybody that is effort was gold-medal-worthy — you’ve forced one of the sport’s biggest names and most charismatic figures into early retirement. Bravo, sirs.
Actually, I have no idea if Abrahamian is wildly popular in Greco-Roman wrasslin’ circles, or even if he’s particularly beguiling, but he’s certainly disgusted with Thursday’s outcome.
Abrahamian took the bronze from around his neck during the medal ceremony, stepped from the podium and dropped it in the middle of the wrestling mat then walked off.
“I don’t care about this medal. I wanted gold … This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure,” the 33-year-old said.
The Swedish coach denounced the decision as “politics” and teammates had to restrain Abrahamian from going “Kimbo Slice” on the judges as they hurriedly made their way out of the arena.
In less sad news, Italy’s Andrea Minguzzi, the undeserving* gold medalist, admitted that Abrahamian’s histrionics “did in a way spoil the victory ceremony for me”. He also added:
“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.”
Couldn’t agree more. Like, say, telling your opponent that his mother is a “terrorist whore.” I think that qualifies as not showing appropriate sportsmanship.
*No idea if that’s true