Turkish wrestling world champion Kayaalp banned for racism

Aug 11 2013

Turkish wrestling world champion Kayaalp banned for racism

Sunday, 11 August 2013

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By Emily Goddard

Rıza KayaalpAugust 11 – Turkish wrestler Rıza Kayaalp, world and
European champion in the 120kg category, has been hit with a six-month
suspension after making racist comments on Twitter.

The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA)
handed the London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, who was his nation’s
flag bearer at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, the ban for
allegedly blaming Armenians and Greeks for the anti-Government
protests in Turkey earlier this year.

“These are the Armenian and Greek dogs,” Kayaalp is alleged to have
written of Twitter, as well as “You just leave the streets to
Armenians, you f**ing looters” and “F**k you traitors”.

None of the tweets can be found today.


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