A French boxer competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics threw an epic temper tantrum to protest his disqualification.
Mourad Aliev was disqualified in the super heavyweight quarter-final bout on Sunday for excessive use of his head and he responded by punching a TV camera and sitting in the ring for some time.
His disqualification workout for the UK’s Frazer Clarke who will win at least a bronze medal. For Aliev, he sat on the ring apron for 30 minutes, left the arena after talking with some officials, and then returned to resume his sit-in minutes later.
He told reporters when he left the ring about his disqualification, Reuters reported: “It’s totally unfair – I was winning the match.” He added that he wasn’t warned about excessive use of his head: “I was just stopped without any warning and they just told me that ‘you lost’ – just like that. So I think it was an act of sabotage.”
“I prepared my whole life for this event, so getting mad for something like that is natural.”
Clarke said he had sympathy for Aliev: “I’ve been in these situations myself. Often you’re not thinking with your head, you’re thinking with your heart and your emotions are all over the place.”