Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cuban Class Act: Kick the Judge in the Face!

Hats of to Cuba, they really know about fair sports. Martial Arts, honor, respect and humility. The Martial Arts to me (Tae Kwon Do) is about more then punching, kicking and flying through the air. Sports are about more then winning, as well. Sportsmanship is just as important as the results. It is ok to be upset at loosing, but what sits us apart from Neanderthols is retaining composure and loosing with grace. Even if you felt robbed. Someone never said that to Cuba.

Angel Matos and his coach Leudis González are loosers, and not on the field in life. If this is an example of a countries sportsmanship, then fuck that country.

Angel Matos was competing in for the Bronze medal in the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) division. He is no stranger to the Olympics either, having won the gold medal in this division at the 2000 Sydney Games, dedicating the victory to his mother, who died on the day of the opening ceremony. At the 2004 Athens Games, he finished 11th.

Nice story about dedicating the Gold to mama punk, I am sure she is rolling over in her grave. But in Cuba punk ass bitches may be all the rage. (Think Castro, think red feather boa).

Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out. (Ah One minute is 60 secondos bitch!)

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

His coach was a big fan of the movie "Karate Kid" only watching the "Cobra Kai" portion of the movie though. Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos’ actions during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.

“He was too strict,” Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money. Revealing himself to be a class act, and as such, why should I appologize to the referree for my athletes actions, He diserved getting his ass kicked. I wonder how these guys treat their wife and kids?

Well they got their dues it would appear, the Cuban taekwondo athlete and his coach were banned for life after Angel Matos kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

“This is a strong violation of the spirit of taekwondo and the Olympic Games,” a World Taekwondo Federation release said. “The sanctions are the following and are effective immediately: Lifetime ban of the coach and athlete in all championships sanctioned by the WTF and at the same time, all records of this athlete at the Beijing Games will immediately be erased.”

In his first match, Matos defeated Italy’s Leonardo Basile, then beat China’s Liu Xiaobo 2-1 in the quarterfinals. But he lost to South Korean Cha Dong-min in the semis to land in the bronze-medal match.

“To me it was obvious he was unable to continue,” Chilmanov said. “His toe on his left foot was broken.”

Matos kicked Chelbat with his left foot.

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