Mongolian wrestling coaches RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 21: Mongolias coaches protest the judges decision after Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (red) of Mongolia is defeated by Ikhtiyor Navruzov (blue) of Uzbekistan in the Men’s Freestyle 65kg Bronze match against on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Few things were more horrifying on the eyes during the 2016 Rio Olympics than watching two overweight Mongolian wrestling coaches strip down to their underwear in protest over a controversial loss by one of their wrestlers.

Given that nightmare scene and the defiance it clearly was, it should come as no surprise that the international wrestling community would come down with a punishment.

However, few would have believed what the United World Wrestling federation handed down as punishment — a three-year ban from the sport for both coaches.

With the coaches visibly upset over a stalling call after Mongolian wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was allegedly celebrating the win too early, they protested. What was a 7-7 match became 8-7 after losing the protest and having an extra point awarded.

That only enraged the pair of coaches more, while Ganzorig took to rolling on the floor crying like a literal baby. Then this happened…just in case you need to relive the moment:

No one should’ve had to have seen those two nearly naked, but to kick the coaches out of the sport until right before the next Summer Olympic games? That seems nearly as harsh as the controversial ending to the match they were protesting in the first place.

The two coaches will have to wait it out until August of 2019 before they can be coaching again on the international level at all.


About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a contributor to The Comeback as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10. He also is a member of the FWAA and has been covering college sports since 2011. Andy is an avid soccer fan and runs the Celtic FC site The Celtic Bhoys. If he's not writing about sports, you can find him enjoying them in front of the TV with a good beer!