A kick in the teeth

Posted by Tony

The Beijing Olympics will be remembered for many great moments, such as the lavish opening ceremony, Team GB’s spectacular gold medal haul or Usain Bolt’s record-breaking antics. But it will also be remembered for the unsportsmanlike conduct of Cuba’s Angel Matos. The AP news report below explains what happened:

The World Taekwondo Federation has recommended that Cuba’s Angel Matos and his coach be banned for life after the athlete kicked a referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos’ actions during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.
Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 left in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was disqualified for taking too much injury time.
Matos angrily questioned the call. He pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden.
Sanctions include a "lifetime ban of the coach and athlete in all championships sanctioned by the (World Taekwondo Federation)."
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74 Responses to A kick in the teeth

  1. Rochelle says:

    Disgraceful. That man has no right to call himself an Olympian. And the coach has no right to call himself a coach.

  2. Kate says:

    Never mind a lifetime ban, he should be charged with assault and sent to a Chinese prison.  It\’s like punching someone in the street.  No excuse.

  3. Lewis says:

    An idiot that will be forgotten in the blink of an eye! This article (and the media in general) seems to have forgotten the real star of this olympics is by far and away Phelps! Bolt was great but what Phelps has done is the most impressive by far! Not even mentioned here!

  4. alexandra says:

    I think the competitor should be banned… but ban the coach …Whatever for..
    The coach shouldnt be held accountable for the actions of Angel Matos ..

  5. Patricia says:

    The Olympic Games are just that – Games! What a waste of money and time. Our relay team should be made to pay back all their funding. This episode shows what a farce these, so called, honourable sportsmanship events are. Cancel the London Games now, before the hoodies with knives join in against the \’ get-a-life\’ athletes. 

  6. Marina999uk says:

    With skill in a martial art comes responsibility.  He does not deserve to be on the tatami.  Putting martial arts into a competition context always runs this risk of uncontrolled emotions.  He may be an expert at it but he has not mastered his anger.  Yet another reason why I practice Aikido!

  7. Stephen says:

    Absolutely disgraceful and what a wimpy kick at that!Too much testosterone which needs to be kept under control.

  8. Alex says:

    this is why I practise Tae-Kwon Do myself, so I can CONTROL my anger, as I have a real temper problem at the best of times.
    It\’s good this fellow has been banned. I\’m only a green tag and I can control MY temper better than that for Heaven\’s sake!

  9. tammy says:

    what a pathetic excuse of a man he should not of been entered into the olympics but i agree with alexandra his coach should not of been held responsible maybe his coach should return the favour and give him a kick in the mouth… ok maybe not. while im on subject of olympics i have noticed china are doing extremely well must be cheating its all politics oh well never know team GB will win in london 2012  and pigs might fly….

  10. Grahame Allan says:

    As a student of TKD myself (red Belt) I find what he did was utterly disgraceful. It was against all the tenets and oath of TKD. I don\’t consider a lifetime ban is sufficient. He should have his licence to practice the art withdrawn, and be banned from practicing any martial art again!

  11. marcus says:

    umbeliveable that is evil  i use to go boxing but did not do tHAT

  12. amish says:

    I think people are failing to see the other side of the coin. This guy has probably worked four years for this and he just missed out on a medal because someone thought he took too much injury time! What a lame excuse for the referee to disqualify someone just for that! In a huge profile important match the referee should have more common sense and let the match be decided on skill. This man from Cuba almost could have done his country proud, but for a stupid reason hes was disqualified.  The misery of this situation is unquantifiable and even the most calmest person would not able to hold in.

  13. Jamie says:

    Think people shud remember the match fixing that is going on in this olympics in regards to officials and possibly bribery and maybe look at some of the matches especailly with british participants in Tae-Kwon Do and wonder if some of these matches are fair????? i really really dont think they are.

  14. Peter says:

    the standard of officiating at the tai quando at these olympics leaves a lot to be desired.   whe the english girls head kick against her chinese opponent was not allowed the referee had a clear view and yet said nothing at the time.   imho that was a farce!

  15. K says:

    As someone who has practiced taekwondo WTF and BTU, as well as other martial arts…to lose it to that degree in front of a potential audience of millions and in China of all places shows a complete lack of self control, a loss of all control.  He should serve a very long ban indeed, though everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves.  But to kick a ref in the face is a discrace and shames the belt you wear and the licence you carry.  It also shames everyone in your dojo/school and your Master.

  16. Jon says:

    I am a student and Instructor of Taekwon-do (ITF) and I think what the Cubandid was a disgrace! He has given Taekwon-do a very bad name and im gladhe will be banned and thrown out of the sport.The style of ITF Taekwon-do looks far better to watch and the scoring of pointsis easier to see and award also ITF is the true form of Taekwon-do. At the moment the WTF and the ITF are very political and thats why ITF Taekwondo is not practicedin the olympics Please dont be put off by this one mans lack of self-control.

  17. Richard says:

    Absolutely NO excuse for this, I don\’t care how much match-fixing people think may think is going on, those of you that practice (any) martial-arts know how DEADLY it can be, i\’m only glad this idiot didn\’t catch the referee flush on the chin/neck.Rich.

  18. Unknown says:

    Disgraceful conduct! but just a thought, how come the obviously highly qualified judge/Tae Kwon Do Instructor/exponent didn\’t defend himself? More over-hyped Martial Arts crap! Useful for selling belts to kids but has no use in the 21st century and should certainly not be an olympic sport.

  19. Unknown says:

    Match fixing after he lost the match – Send the barsteward to hell – he is against all that I have known of Cuba – unless he his made to pay for his sins, then  I will not be back there again – wrap that in his own leaf and let him gag on it!.

  20. anthony says:

    in any sport,the affected competitor always should approach an aiuthoritive figure and apeal to have over ruled any decision thought to be wrong, thats sportmans attitude, and the decision is amongst all too harsh,first the commitee should have went down truly to he root of the prolem, referee and participant should also be present, thats fairness.

  21. anthony says:

    DISGRACEFUL! Cuba should now be banned from the olympics indefinetly, and I mean all sports not just tae kwon do.

  22. Sharon says:

    Having read the messages so far regarding the Cubans behaviour, it was appalling although I take one persons comments that the emotion of losing a medal after four years intensive training (if not a lifetime of building up to this one match) probably can\’t be comprehended by any of us (sportSmen or not!) when an Olympic medal is at stake. most likely none of you reading this, or anyone you will ever know, will be in that position!
    The wider issue is the fact that the Chinese authorities have been BLATENTLY cheating from day 1, from changing the girl singing at the opening ceremony (to a prettier one??!) to doctoring the birth certificates of their young gymnasts. In considerartion that the UK only came behind China, and then the two biggest countries with unlimited resources, we did actually win didn\’t we? Our athletes train around their studies and jobs and have still managed to excel where "factory farmed" foreigners who take promising infants away from their parents with the sole purpose of winning a medals have not.

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