Wednesday, June 22 2022


Tokyo: The Indian Wrestling Federation (WFI) terminated the services of Deepak Punia’s foreign coach Murad Gaidarov on Friday after it emerged the Russian had assaulted a referee, resulting in his expulsion from the Olympics in Tokyo.

Deepak lost his 86kg bronze match to Myles Nazim Amine of San Marino on Thursday, after which Gaidarov went to the referee’s room and assaulted him, who had refereed the fight.

United World Wrestling (UWW), the game’s global governing body, then summoned the WFI for a disciplinary hearing, in which the national federation faced an embarrassing situation as a ban was being considered.

“We told them the Indian coaches are behaving well and although Gaidarov is coaching the Indian wrestler, his actions should not affect WFI. We assured them that Gaidarov would be fired immediately. We barely survived a ban,” WFI Deputy Secretary Vinod Tomar said. said PTI.

“Gaidarov is sent back to India so that he can collect all his belongings. Then he will leave for his country,” Tomar added.

Gaidarov’s accreditation was canceled after the hearing.

The Russian has been guiding Deepak since last year after WFI tasked him with coaching the 2018 world junior champion.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) general secretary Rajeev Mehta also said Gaidarov was withdrawn.

“The Indian wrestling team’s foreign assistant coach, Mr. Murad Gaidarov, who was involved in an unreported incident of assault against one of the match officials, is immediately removed from the Tokyo Olympic Village and is recalled to India on the last flight, “he tweeted. .

Gaidarov, 42, won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, representing Belarus.

He was disqualified from the 2004 Olympics when he assaulted his opponent outside the arena after losing his bout in the quarterfinals.


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