Tokyo Olympics: India’s foreign wrestling coach Murad expelled from Games for assault on referee | Olympic Games
Wrestler Deepak Punia’s foreign coach Murad Gaidarov, a 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, had his accreditation revoked by the International Olympic Committee after “physically assaulting” a referee, officials said on Friday.
We learn that after Punia lost in the 86kg freestyle bronze medal fight against Myles Nazim Amine of San Marino on Thursday – he lost 4-2 after leading 2-1 until the last seconds Fight – Gaidarov went to the referees room and attacked the fight referee.
The World Wrestling Organization (FILA) immediately reported the matter to the IOC and also called the Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) for an urgent disciplinary hearing on Friday. WFI was released with a warning after apologizing. The world body asked what action WFI had taken against Russian Gaidarov and the Indian federation said it had fired him.
FILA recommended that the IOC take strong action against Gaidarov, calling him a repeat offender and claiming that he had been involved in such an incident before and had received a warning. Gaidarov, who won the 74kg silver medal in Beijing, was disqualified at the 2004 Athens Olympics for attacking his opponent off the mat after losing in the quarterfinals.
The IOC canceled their accreditation and wrote to the Indian contingent in Tokyo asking them to leave the Games Village immediately.
âWe have received the letter from the IOC and we have taken action against Murad. This is a serious disciplinary offense, âsaid an Indian contingent official.
WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh confirmed the issue and said the federation could have faced a ban from the international body for the behavior of the coach. âWe were kind of fired at the disciplinary hearing, otherwise we could have faced a ban. It was very serious, “he said.