Sunday, August 24, 2008

Well that's a kick in the teeth.

Olympians are ambassadors and examples for their country.... Poor Cuba

"Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos was banned for life from taekwondo on Saturday for kicking a referee...

Leading 3-2 in the men's 80-kg bronze-medal bout against Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov, Matos slumped to the floor rubbing his leg and was disqualified for exceeding a minute's injury time, prompting the Cuban's coach to rush onto the mat.

After a heated exchange, Matos struck the referee in the head with a high kick. He also kicked another official before being escorted out of the arena.

A tournament official announced the life ban for Matos and his coach over a loudspeaker a few minutes later.

"It was an insult to the Olympic vision, to the spirit of taekwondo and for me, an insult to mankind," said Jin Suk Yang, general secretary of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)." Source

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