The Rio Olympics have produced a number of remarkable scenes till now, but none was more bizarre than what happened during the men’s wrestling 65kg bronze medal match.
Two Mongolian coaches stripped their clothes after wrestler Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran lost the match as the judges awarded a penalty point to Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov.
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The coaches thought that Mandakhnaran had won and they started celebrating on the mat . But seconds later, they were informed that the judges have decided to award the penalty point to their opponent --- which meant that Navruzov clinched the medal.
The two Mongolian coaches wanted to challenge the decision, and when the judges explained to them that the call couldn’t be challenged, they stripped down in protest — one removing his shirt, and the other removing both his shirt and pants, leaving on only his underwear.
Twitter was quick to react to this bizarre incident. Here are some of the tweets:
One Mongolian coach is wearing only briefs; the other still has pants on. Crowd backing them. Chanting "Mongolia!" #Rio2016— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) August 21, 2016
Come on, now.... Who hasn't had a day like that? https://t.co/Z1K1n6bL6s— Bobby Ghosh (@ghoshworld) August 21, 2016
shout out to mongolia tho, i wish my wrestling coach had gotten so pissed off at bad calls.— neil mccauley (@the_blueprint) August 21, 2016
Did anyone else just witness arguably the greatest coaching meltdown of all-time? Mongolia coach went TOFTB pic.twitter.com/3bzAaw1bcq— Chet Davis (@ChetDavisTV) August 21, 2016
This is why you don't invite Mongolia to the party https://t.co/vtTCuf8S9e— Steve (@coach_stokes) August 21, 2016