Mongolian wrestling coach goes nuts, strips down to protest judges

Sunday, August 21, 2016

When the great Mongol emperor Genghis Khan conquered the oasis city of Merv, he separated 400 craftsmen and a crowd of children as slaves, and then killed everyone in the city.

“Each soldier in the 7,000-strong army was allotted around 300 people to kill,” writes historian John Man in The Mongol Empire. “Most had their throats slit. Others were led out, 20 at a time, to be drowned in a trough of blood.”

That was in 1221 AD. It has been about 800 years, and Mongolians remain tough. Still, there was no preparation for the meltdown that just occurred on the wrestling mats.

Mongolian men’s freestyle wrestler in the 65 kg division Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran was competing against Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in a match for bronze. At the match came to a close, it appeared that Mandakhnaran had won, and even before time, he celebrated. His head coach head coach Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar, and assistant coach, Byambarenchin Bayaraa, ran onto the mats to celebrate. The pair waved the flag of Mongolia. Mandakhnaran cheered.

Then the judges awarded a penalty point. After the close of the match. Navruzov was given the decision. Now it was the coaches from Uzbekistan’s time to cheer.

The two Mongolian coaches tossed the challenge flag, but the call cannot be challenged.

Mandakhnaran dropped to his knees in grief.

It was then that the two coaches started to strip, angrily throwing their shirts and shoes and eventually one pair of trousers, as hard as possible onto the mats.

Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar

In the mean time, showing the good sportsmanship that is characteristic of combat sports, Mandakhnaran sought out his opponent and offered his congratulations and a universal thumbs up.

Eventually, security eventually escorted the coaches off the mats, as the crowd cheered “MONGOLIA! MONGOLIA!”

Bayaraa was asked why he taken his clothes off.

“The referees are no good,” he explaned emotionally, via a translator. “There are 3 million Mongolian people, all waiting for a bronze medal. And now? No medal. Only [a few] Mongolian athletes come here.”

“All of the stadium was behind us. One hundred percent for Mongolia.”