I can’t think of any legitimate reason to strip someone of a medal besides discovery of cheating. The Olympics is all about the competition. Everything else, even temper tantrums, should be secondary.
The International Olympic Committee doesn’t quite see it the same way though and disqualified a Swedish wrestler, Ara Abrahamian, after he discarded his bronze medal on the mat and left the ceremony.
The IOC executive board ruled Abrahamian’s actions amounted to a political demonstration and a mark of disrespect to his fellow athletes.
“It was felt that his behavior on the medal podium and during the medal ceremony was not appropriate,” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said. “His behavior was not in the Olympic spirit of respect for his fellow athletes. Whatever grievances you may have, this was not the way to go about it.”
Obviously, it wasn’t political demonstration, but I guess the committee needed to deem it as such to disqualify Abrahamian. Must be nice to not even worry about changing the rules when you can manipulate definitions.