Judo fighter who won first Olympic gold for Mongolia gets 16 years in prison – Xinhua

Tubusimbayar, a judo gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was jailed this year for beating a friend to death after drinking. (Retrieved from Olympics YouTube)

An athlete winning an Olympic gold medal for the country is almost equivalent to a national hero. However, Naidangiin Tuvshinbayar, Mongolia’s former Olympic judo gold medalist and former Mongolian Olympic Committee chairman, killed another judo player last year. , who is also his childhood playmate. Recently, the Mongolian court’s verdict on Tubusimbayar was released, and he will face 16 years in prison.

According to foreign media reports, on April 2, 2021, Tubusimbayar, 38, lost his hand after drinking and attacked his childhood friend Erdenebileg Enkhbat with a heavy object, resulting in brain damage and hospitalization. Died shortly after. Tubusimbayar was therefore charged with murder. After a lapse of more than a year, a Mongolian court finally issued a verdict and sentenced Tubusimbayar to 16 years in prison.

In fact, Tubusimbayar won the gold medal in the men’s 100kg judo event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was the first Olympic gold medal in Mongolia’s history.

In August 2020, Tubsimbayar was also elected president of the Mongolian Olympic Committee, succeeding Demchigjav Zagdsuren, who had been in office for 19 years. However, after the murder controversy broke out in Tubsimbayar, he resigned as president, and it was not until March this year that the Mongolian Olympic Committee elected Battushig Batbold as its new president.

Tubusimbayar has not only made achievements in the sports world, but also served as a member of the campaign team of the Mongolian Democratic Party presidential candidate Khaltmaagiin Battulga, who served as the president of Mongolia from 2017 to 2021 , was also the Sambo World Champion.

As for the unfortunate death of Enkhbat, he won a silver medal in the judo under 100kg category in the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in 2013, and in 2012 in Jeju, South Korea In the same event on the island, he won a gold medal at the same level, but unfortunately he has lost his life.



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