Flashback in pictures: Olympic scandals and controversies

Updated: 12 August, 2016 14:34 IST
  • Flashback in pictures: Olympic scandals and controversies
    1984 Los Angeles Olympics: In the finals of the 3000 metre event, Zola Budd (competing for Great Britain) and Mary Decker of the United States collided that resulted in the latter being unable to complete the race. Though spectators and commentators accused Budd of deliberately pushing Decker, an IAAF jury found her not responsible for the collision. Source: Wikipedia. (All Photos: AFP)
  • 1988 Seoul Olympics
    Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal for the 100 metres when he tested positive for a banned substance.
  • 2000 Sydney Olympics
    Romanian Andreea Raducan became the first gymnast to be stripped of a medal after she tested positive for a prohibited substance.
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics
    Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian placed his bronze medal onto the floor immediately after it was placed around his neck to protest his loss to Italian Andrea Minguzzi in the semifinals of the men's 84kg Greco-Roman wrestling event. He was subsequently disqualified by the IOC.
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics
    Cuban taekwandoist Ángel Matos was banned for life from any international taekwondo events after he kicked a referee in the face.
  • 2012 London Olympics
    The North Korean women's soccer team refused to take the field after the players were introduced on the jumbo screen with the South Korean flag
  • 2012 London Olympics
    16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen's world record win in the women's 400m individual medley raised eyebrows after her final 50-metre sprint was faster than American men's swimming star Ryan Loch
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About The Gallery

Over the years, quite a few scandals and controversies, including boycotts by countries, doping scandals, controversial referee decisions, murders have rocked the Olympics. With Rio 2016 Olympics beginning today, let's take a look at the few recent scandals that have marred the spirit of the event

First Published: 05 August, 2016 08:17 IST