India’s foreign wrestling coach, Murad Gaidarov has been expelled from the Tokyo Olympics following the physical assault of a referee. The incident followed after Deepak Punia lost his bronze medal bout to San Marino’s Myles Nazim Amine on Thursday. Punia was winning the match, but his opponent scored in the final seconds of the second period to win the medal meaning that Punia missed out narrowly.
After Punia‘s bout, Gaidrov went on to the referees room and attacked the referee who was overseeing Punia’s match. The incident was immediately reported, and the World Wrestling body (FILA) immediately reported the matter to the International Olympic Committee and the Wrestling Federation of India.
Murad Gaidrov Terminated from WFI after Assault Charge at Tokyo Olympics
The WFI was left off with a warning after they issued an apology and terminated Gaidrov from the WFI for his conduct. FILA has recommended strong action to be taken against Gaidrov as he is known to be a repeat offender.
Gaidrov is a silver medallist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but he was disqualified from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Gaidrov was earlier let off with a warning after he attacked his opponent off the mat after he lost his quarterfinal bout. The IOC has removed his accreditation and has written to the IOA to remove Gaidrov from the Olympic Village immediately.
WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh confirmed the issue and said the federation could have faced a ban from the international body for the coach’s behaviour. “We have somehow been let off during the disciplinary hearing, or else we could have faced a ban. It was very serious,” he said to Hindustan Times.