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Deberg_1990
08-25-2008, 01:09 PM
HAHAHAHAH

I wouldnt have expected anything less...




http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D92PESQ80&show_article=1


HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro on Monday defended the Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked a referee in the face at the Beijing Olympics, saying Angel Matos was rightfully indignant over his disqualification from the bronze-medal match.
Taekwondo officials want Matos and his coach banned for life from the sport. But Castro expressed "our total solidarity" for both Matos and his coach Leudis Gonzalez.

Matos was winning 3-2 in the second round when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov, and was disqualified for taking more than his one minute of injury time.

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge and then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden, who needed stiches to repair his lip. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

Taekwondo officials called Matos' behavior an insult to the Olympic vision. Matos' coach countered that the match was fixed and accused the Kazakhs of offering him money.

Castro said the alleged bribery attempt gave Matos good reason to expect the judges to treat him unfairly.

"They had tried to buy his own coach," Castro wrote in his essay published in state media. "He could not contain himself."

Cuba is accustomed to winning golds in boxing, but settled this year for four silver and four bronze medals. Overall, Cuba took home only two golds, down from nine in Athens four years ago.

"I saw when the judges blatantly stole fights from two Cuban boxers in the semifinals," Castro wrote. "Our fighters ... had hopes of winning, despite the judges, but it was useless. They were condemned beforehand."

The ailing, 82-year-old ex-president also noted that defections have taken their toll, blaming "the repugnant mercenary actions" of promoters who lure Cuban boxers off the island with lucrative contracts.

And Castro hinted that big changes could be in order for Cuban sports, pledging a serious review of "every discipline, every human and material resource that we dedicate to sport."

"Cuba has never bought an athlete or judge," Castro wrote, adding that Cubans need to begin preparing now for London in 2012. "There will be European chauvinism, judge corruption, buying of brawn and brains ... and a strong dose of racism," he predicted.

kepp
08-25-2008, 01:13 PM
I'm waiting to hear what Hugo Chavez thought of the judging.

Bowser
08-25-2008, 01:57 PM
"When reached by cell phone for comment, Matos responded he was roughly five miles off the Florida coast in a leaking intertube, and would have to call back after he fended off the sharks and Coast Gurad."

alpha_omega
08-25-2008, 01:58 PM
I wouldnt have expected anything less...






Agreed...100%

Dartgod
08-25-2008, 01:59 PM
"Cuba has never bought an athlete or judge," Castro wrote, adding that Cubans need to begin preparing now for London in 2012. "There will be European chauvinism, judge corruption, buying of brawn and brains ... and a strong dose of racism," he predicted.
We ought to hold the Olympics in Havana some year. That should be a hoot.

Ultra Peanut
08-25-2008, 02:28 PM
To be fair, it was pretty hilarious. Taekwondo judging is a mess.

Goapics1
08-25-2008, 02:52 PM
To be fair, it was pretty hilarious. Taekwondo judging is a mess.

Boxing is a fuggin' mess too.....................

Demonpenz
08-25-2008, 03:00 PM
Has anyone seen the documentory 321 tries to kill castro? Our gov can't even kill people correctly

Demonpenz
08-25-2008, 03:01 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/638_Ways_to_Kill_Castro

Valiant
08-25-2008, 03:57 PM
To be fair, it was pretty hilarious. Taekwondo judging is a mess.

Yeah the fighters should get a free for all on the refs and judges..

Sorry but that shit was Bull in most fights..

dirk digler
08-25-2008, 03:59 PM
"When reached by cell phone for comment, Matos responded he was roughly five miles off the Florida coast in a leaking intertube, and would have to call back after he fended off the sharks and Coast Gurad."

LMAO

LMAO