LONDON Aug 12 After years of gruelling
training, two Egyptian wrestlers crashed out of the Olympics
without breaking sweat on Sunday after they were late for the
start of their competition.
The pair were disqualified after they arrived late at the
wrestling arena on the last day of the Games.
Sunday's bouts started at an earlier 0730 GMT - rather than
the usual 1200 GMT - because the competition must end before the
closing ceremony of the London Olympics later in the day.
It was a sad end to the Games for Abdou Omar Abdou Ahmed,
23, who competes in the 66kg freestyle, and Saleh Emara, 30, a
"They thought they were wrestling at 1 p.m. (1200 GMT) like
normal but because of the closing ceremony they changed the
timing to 8.30 a.m. and the team didn't know about it," an
Egyptian team spokesman said.
"It was in the booklet but they didn't see it and because of
that they were a little bit late.
"We know it is our mistake. We are investigating the matter
now. We are calling the administrator to see who is responsible.
They should have known."
All the other wrestlers competing for the last two medals
turned up on time, a venue spokeswoman said.
The sport's governing body said there was nothing it could
do to help the pair.
"We did everything possible to give them all the information
they need but it is up to the coach and the country's delegation
to make sure their people know all the details," said a
spokesman for FILA, the International Federation of Associated
"I am sorry that they could not take part but if they don't
come to the venue on time, they can't take part."
(Reporting by Peter Griffiths; Editing by Mark Meadows)