Minguzzi and Abrahamian in Beijing 2008

FILA Changes Rules after Abrahamian’s Protest

Following Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahmian’s protest at the Beijing Olympics, the International Wrestling Federation FILA has made a change in its rules.

Abrahamian had to be restrained by his teammates during his 84kg semi-final wrestling bout with eventual gold medallist Andrea Minguzzi after he disagreed with the referee’s decision and said his loss was ”totally unjustified.”

During the medal ceremony he later threw down his Bronze medal in disgust and announced his retirement from the sport.

Now FILA has confirmed that it’s changed its rules to allow video evidence to be used during a bout should a wrestler contest a ruling. A jury present would then consider the evidence.

”I am pleased my protest has had an effect,” Abrahamian told Swedish TV 4.

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