Sunday, August 12, 2012

Two Egyptian wrestlers show up 4 hours late for their matches

From Al Ahram:
A pair of Egyptian wrestlers, Abdou Omar Abdou Ahmed and Saleh Emara, lost their first round matches in the 66-kilogram and 96-kilogram men's freestyle categories by forfeit after failing to show up for their matches on time.

Ahmed was scheduled to wrestle Devid Safaryan of Armenia, while Emara was slated to face George Gogshelidze of Georgia, both matches at 8:30am.

However, the two players showed up four hours late believing that the match would start at 1pm based the schedule of the previous seven days of Olympic wrestling.

All matches on the final day of the Olympics were pushed up to make room for the closing ceremony.

No immediate official word was available on whether the pair simply failed to turn up on time or were not informed by management about changes in schedule.