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Turkish wrestler banned six months for racist remarks

English.news.cn   2013-08-11 20:31:37            

ANKARA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's Olympic medalist Riza Kayaalp was banned for six months by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) for his racist remarks against Armenians and Greeks three weeks ago, Turkish Daily News reported Sunday.

Kayaalp had targetted Greeks and Armenians in his tweets posted during the Gezi Park unrest in Turkey.

European and World champion Kayaalp, who had won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London last year, advocated that "Armenians" were at the root of the Gezi protests, in a series of tweets he later deleted.

FILA President Nenad Lalovic told reporters that Kayaalp was suspended for his racist tweets from the international matches.

"He was given an immediate suspension of six months by the FILA judge, and he has the right to appeal," Lalovic said.

Kayaalp is one of the most famous sportsmen in Turkey. He had been picked to bear the Turkish flag during the opening ceremony of last month's Mediterranean Games in Mersin.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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