I felt the need to do a quick update on your favorite wrestler and mine. Ara Abrahamian. Swedish wrestler. You may remember him from his unsportsmanlike conduct when he refused the bronze medal and stormed out of the medal ceremony at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
I’ve written plenty of articles about the man:
Car Trouble, a Bronze Medal to Ara Abrahamian, and Swedish Disgrace
Swedish Olympic Wrestler Ara Abrahamian
Ara Abrahamian - Swedish Olympic Wrestler Loses Bronze Medal
Swedish Wrestlers in the News. Again.
Maybe I am just feeding the beast. The beast being his inflated ego about the power he thinks he seems to hold over the wrestling community. Or maybe that comment in and of itself was feeding my inflated ego. Or maybe I just have nothing else to write about and so I return to sports.
Anyway, Abrahamian is no longer banned from wrestling. After his act of defiance he was banned for two years. Now he can start aiming for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. But wait… Ara Abrahamian said that that was to be his last match. Seems he changed his mind. Or at least is thinking about changing his mind. Again. Just like when he decided that he might want that bronze medal back after all. It was refused though. Tough luck.
Some have argued that the changes wrestling’s governing body has made were directly related to Abrahamian's actions. Of course, this may give a bit too much credit to a man who was immediately suspended, stripped of his medals, and erased from the 2008 Olympic history. To suggest his actions lead directly to any changes is a far leap that I am not willing to take. Plus it ignores anything else that might have been going on in the wrestling community. As I have said though previously, I have no problem with Abrahamian wanting to protest. I just don’t believe that his idea of a protest was acceptable.
Welcome to Sweden. Where Ara Abrahamian and Swedish wrestling just won’t go away...