Azerbaijan Team Disqualified From Sambo Championships

European Sambo Championships

The European Sambo Championships, held this past weekend in Cyprus, saw the entire team from Azerbaijan disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct. As a consequence the results of all team members, including Eyvaz Bakhshiyev's bronze medal, were canceled.

The team disqualification stems from a match where Russia's Magomed Gadzhiev defeated Azerbaijan's Emil Hasanov in the 71 kg division. With the Azerbaijanis unhappy over the outcome, it's reported the whole team stormed the mat leading to altercations and the decision to remove them from the tournament.

Russia, the birthplace of sambo, dominated the event winning 10 golds and 16 overall medals, while Ukraine took 14 medals including 6 golds.

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