IOC disciplinary meeting over Abrahamian

BEIJING Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:45pm IST

Bronze medallist Ara Abrahamian (R) of Sweden throws his medal on the floor during the medal ceremony for the men's 84kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

Bronze medallist Ara Abrahamian (R) of Sweden throws his medal on the floor during the medal ceremony for the men's 84kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 14, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Oleg Popov

BEIJING (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee will hold a disciplinary hearing on Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian after he threw down his bronze medal on Thursday following his failure to win gold, an IOC official told Reuters.

Abrahamian, competing in the 84kg category, took the bronze from around his neck during the medal ceremony, stepped from the podium and dropped it in the middle of the wrestling mat and then walked off.

He had earlier complained about the refereeing.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Jon Bramley)

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