Thursday, August 14, 2008

The sportsmanship has sunk...

Well, in case there was any doubt about poor sportsmanship bearing its ugly head at this Olympics, a Swede decided to nail it home. In flamboyant fashion... for a wrestler.

Ara Abrahamian, a name you've never heard before (unless you're an avid Swedish Greco-Roman wrestling fan... in which case you've got a national identity crisis going), but a name that will live on in Olympic infamy. According to the CBC, he was upset with the judging in his quarterfinal match, which he lost, then won bronze. During the medal ceremony, he got his medal, put it on the podium, and fucked off while they were handing out other medals.

I'm not Swedish (though I love Sweden hockey* and supermodels**), but as a fan of sport I'm ashamed by this, and feel he should be to. There's something to be said for holding your head up, recognizing that you're the third-best Greco-Roman wrestler in the world, and move on. A bad refereeing decision should never warrant swearing and aggressive gesticulating, and should never, ever require other teammates restraining a competitor from injuring a referee (unless your name is Curtis Joseph, apparently).

Okay, joking aside though, absolutely shameful comments and actions by Mr. Abrahamian. He's threatened to quit the sport, I say go for it. With an attitude like that he'd be no great loss to the Olympics.
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* Not glory-chasing, I've always loved Sweden hockey
** Couldn't find a decent family-friendly picture, sorry folks... it won't take much to find a picture yourself though

2 comments:

Matthew said...

Hey Amrit,

Nice cheap potshot against cujo and the Leafs.

Just out of curiosity though, which team won that series?

Oh, that's right...

Amrit Ahluwalia said...

The NHL has changed big guy, it's a shame we haven't seen you in the playoffs in a while...

When's the last time the Leafs did anything good anyway?

Oh, that's right...