Azeri Athlete May Have Medal Stripped for Disrespecting Armenian Anthem

An Azeri athlete squats as the Armenian national anthem is played at the Sambo World Cup in Moscow

MOSCOW—President of the European Sambo Federation Sergey Eliseev has denounced Azerbaijani athlete Bakhtiyar Abbasov for his unsportsmanlike behavior during the performance of the Armenian national anthem at an award ceremony during the recent World Cup in Moscow. Abbasov demonstratively squatted as the Armenian anthem was playing in honor of Ashot Danielian, an Artsakh-born Armenian fighter, who won the gold at the tournament.

“I condemn this act and find it unacceptable for a sportsman, especially considering that he’s a member of the national team of Azerbaijan and represents his country at the official World Cup. This is unsporting behavior. Such a sportsman does not deserve to become a prize-winner at the World Cup,” Eliseev said in a statement posted on the official page of the Federation.

“I consider that the athlete, who violates the rules of the tournament and ethical norms, should be excluded from competitions and be stripped of his medal,” the President of the European Sambo Federation said.

He said the decision on Abbasov’s participation in future competitions should be made by the disciplinary committee of the International Sambo Federation.


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  1. stefan said:

    What is hard to understand?
    This is the normal behaviour of these people, it is a national hobby in azerbaijan & turkey to insult Armenians
    Its a chip on their shoulder, thats what happens when you live on the stolen lands of of Armenians, steal their historical and cultural heritage and end up with a serious psychological issues.
    The sad part is that his actions will be called “honorable” in azerbaijan, a nation where you can become a national hero for Axe Murdering an innocent sleeping Armenian solider.
    Welcome to azerbaijan where the oil burns 24/7 as does their hate for Armenians

  2. danoog said:

    Aliyev will probably let him light the torch at European games. These are some sicko hombres.

  3. Vrej said:

    He was just sticking his butt out to have it kicked some more by REAL sportsmen, like Mr. Danielian.

    Mini-Turks are going to send their sportsmen around the World with butt-pads just like they send their conscript goons around the World with AXES.

  4. Garo said:

    What else one expects from a person who doesn’t honor himself and his own country. A Shameful and disgracing behavior.

  5. Hagop D said:

    He did what Azeris do best when confronted with Armenian victory: poop their pants.

    Its a habit they can’t kick.