WFI sacks wrestler Deepak Punia's coach Gaidarov after he assaulted referee in Tokyo

WFI on Friday terminated the services of Deepak Punia's foreign coach Murad Gaidarov after it emerged that the Russian had assaulted a referee that led to his expulsion from the Tokyo Olympics

Deepak Punia (Photo Courtesy: PTI)
Deepak Punia (Photo Courtesy: PTI)
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The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday terminated the services of Deepak Punia's foreign coach Murad Gaidarov after it emerged that the Russian had assaulted a referee that led to his expulsion from the Tokyo Olympics.

Deepak lost his 86kg bronze play-off to San Marino's Myles Nazim Amine on Thursday, after which Gaidarov went to the referee's room and assaulted him, who had officiated the bout.

The United World Wrestling (UWW), the world governing body of the game then summoned the WFI for a disciplinary hearing, in which the national federation faced an embarrassing situation as a ban on them was being considered.

"We told them that the Indian coaches are well-behaved and although Gaidarov trains the Indian wrestler, his actions should not affect the WFI. We assured them that Gaidarov will be terminated immediately. We barely survived a ban," WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI.

"Gaidarov is being sent back to India so that he can collect all his belongings. Then he will leave for his country," Tomar added.

Gaidarov's accreditation was cancelled after the hearing.


The Russian has been guiding Deepak since last year after the WFI assigned him to train the 2018 junior world champion.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta also said that Gaidarov is being withdrawn.

"Indian wrestling team's foreign assistant coach Mr Murad Gaidarov who was involved in an uncalled incident of assault on one of the match referees, is being withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympic Village immediately and is being called back to India on the latest flight," he tweeted.

Gaidarov, 42, had won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, representing Belarus.

He was disqualified from the 2004 Olympic Games when he assaulted his opponent outside the arena after losing his quarterfinal bout.

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