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IOC strips wrestler Abrahamian of bronze medal

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian had his bronze medal taken away by the International Olympic Committee and he was kicked out of the Beijing Games.

The executive board of the IOC announced on Saturday that Abrahamian had violated the spirit of fair play after attaining a bronze in the men's Greco- Roman wrestling 84kg event. He had received one of two bronze medals awarded.

Abrahamian was upset at a call that ultimately decided his semifinal match against Italian Andrea Minguzzi, who then captured the gold medal.

Swedish coach Leo Myllari disputed the judges' ruling and Abrahamian had to be restrained by teammates. Myllari accused the judges of being corrupt.

During the ceremony after winning his bronze medal match, Abrahamian stepped off the podium, put down his bronze medal a few meters away from the podium. He then declared that he was retiring from the sport and said "I don't care about this medal. I wanted gold."

Not only that, but during his hearing before the IOC disciplinary commission, Abrahamian expressed serious unsubstantiated allegations against wrestling's international governing body and its president.

The IOC announced the fourth-place finisher would not be elevated to bronze medal status.

08/16 06:27:56 ET

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