Tokyo, August 6 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Indian wrestling contingent at the Tokyo Olympics was in major embarrassment when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revoked the accreditation of foreign 86kg grappler trainer Deepak Punia – who had lost his medal fight. bronze against an opponent from San Marino – after the coach misbehaved with the referee for the fight.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) General Secretary Rajeev Mehta wrote in a late evening tweet on Friday: “Foreign assistant coach of Indian (Belarusian) wrestling team M. is immediately withdrawn from village Olympic Tokyo and is recalled to India by the last flight. “
Mehta added that “Murad Gaidarov is withdrawn from the Olympic Village and will be brought back to India by a 10:30 am flight from Tokyo.”
Confirming the incident to IANS, IOA Treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey told IANS Tokyo that he was present at the site when the incident took place on Thursday, adding that Gaidarov had shouted and misbehaved with the match referee during the bronze medal competition between Punia and Myles. Amine from San Marino, whom the latter won 4-2.
Pandey said the match referee filed a formal complaint with the International Wrestling Federation, which in turn informed the Tokyo Games organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which sent a letter to the chief. mission of the Indian contingent Birender Prasad Baishya.
“The coach (Gaidarov) appealed as Punia led 2-3, but he was refused and the opponent got an extra point, which resulted in the Indian wrestler being defeated by a 2-4 margin.” Pandey said, adding that after the fight there was an altercation with the match referee.
âThe IOC canceled Gaidarov’s accreditation and the chef de mission told him not to leave his hotel room and he was booked for the next flight out of Tokyo,â Pandey told IANS.
When asked if the IOA would take disciplinary action against the coach, Pandey said the issue was with the Indian Wrestling Federation and the overseas coach and the IOA had nothing to do with it. âThe IOC has handed Mr. Baishya the letter canceling Gaidarov’s accreditation and the coach is leaving Tokyo,â Pandey added.
Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) secretary Vinod Tomar could not be reached in Tokyo.