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  • ATR First -- Kazakh Allegedly Assaults Female Asian Games Athletes


    08/24/18

    (ATR) Two more Asian Games athletes have been punished for bad behavior, one from Kazakhstan the other from Bahrain. 

    Around the Rings learned that a male athlete from Kazakhstan was drunk in the Athletes Village on Aug. 22. The unidentified man attempted to kiss and grope female athletes, reportedly in the dining hall. 

    Disciplinary actions were handled by the Kazakhstan National Olympic Committee. An official report is yet to be submitted to Asian Games organizers. The Kazakh NOC was unavailable for comment. 

    Muhammad Buldansyah, Asian Games spokesman, could not comment on the specifics of the case. 

    But with multiple scandals from Asian Games athletes in just five days of competition, Buldansyah told ATR “we should be worried” about poorly behaved athletes.

    “It’s the responsibility of the head of delegations to make sure the behavior is that of good sportsmen,” he said. 

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday declined to hear the appeals from the Bahrain Olympic Committee and that country’s jiu jitsu athlete Ali Munfaredi.

    Munfaredi, 24, was appealing an Asian Games ban from the International Ju-Jitsu Federation. In a statement announcing their decision, CAS only said there was "alleged improper behavior of the athlete.” CAS added the case was outside the jurisdiction of the ad hoc court.

    ATR understands that Munfaredi has left Jakarta but that has not been officially confirmed. 

    Neither Munfaredi nor the International Ju-Jitsu Federation, the Bahrain Olympic Committee nor the Bahrain Ju-Jitsu Federation responded to requests seeking more information. 

    Coverage of the 18th Asian Games is made possible in part by the Olympic Council of Asia

    Reported by Ed Hula III in Jakarta

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