Let me start out by referring back to my previous post in which I referred to Ara Abrahamian’s actions in the Olympic wrestling medal ceremony as a disgrace to Sweden. I still believe that. I am very surprised by the reaction that post garnered. I had no idea the response would be so overwhelmingly in Ara Abrahamian’s favor. I am very much against what he did. I was not impressed and don’t believe his actions had any place in an Olympic medal ceremony.
It seems that most Swedes don’t agree. And that’s fine. But Ara Abrahamian’s actions were a disgrace to Sweden. Unfortunately, the bubble Sweden finds itself in has led to an attitude of self importance that doesn’t allow them to see that the rest of the world isn’t impressed.
After the actions by Ara Abrahamian in the Olympic wrestling medal ceremony caused so much uproar the IOC has made a decision. He was stripped of his medal. The one he left on the mat anyway.
Good. He didn’t want it anyway. This was the right decision and a strong decision. And to all the Swedes who are going to get fired up. Calm down. He knew exactly what he was doing. He had to have realized there would be consequences. And he said it himself. He didn’t want the bronze. He wanted gold so the Olympics for him were a failure.
He has also been stripped of any recognition as an Olympic wrestler at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing/Peking. Also good. His actions were a disgrace to the Olympics, the Olympic spirit, and his fellow Olympians, not least of who stood on that same podium with him.
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Ara blir av med bronset
Abrahamian fråntas bronset
Ara Abrahamian fråntagen medaljen
Ara Abrahamian kan bli avstängd på livstid
Filas markering mot Abrahamian
Abrahamian stripped of bronze medal
IOC strips Abrahamian's bronze medal for tantrum
I think it’s important to note the last headline from ESPN, which refers to it as a “tantrum,” which is exactly how the rest of the world views his despicable actions. Unfortunately, the bubble Sweden finds itself in has made it impossible to make that realization.
Either way, I am pleased with the verdict. It is a fair verdict, and kind of expected to be honest. But either way, Abrahamian is wiped from the Olympic record. As it should be.
Luckily, because Sweden took another silver medal, this time in men’s tennis on the doubles side, Sweden still has a total of three medals from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.