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Australia face yet another controversy

By Subodh Malla Barua

NEW DELHI, Oct 7 � After grappler Hassene Fkiri�s unsporting episode on Tuesday, Australia faced yet another controversy and lost a sure medal in the on going 19th Commonwealth Games. Last Tuesday Australia�s best bet in wrestling Hassene Fkiri refuses to shake hands with the eventual winner India�s Anil Kumar in 96kg final. Though he apologise for the act on Wednesday he lost his medal due to the jury�s decision. After this shameful act yet another Australian cyclist 23-year old Keirin Perkins showed two fingered salute to the organisers after participating in his event. For this act of unsporting behaviour Perkin was disqualified and lost a almost assured medal in cycling.

Australian sportsperson already made a name in the field of cricket for the art of sledging but ungamemanship of their athlete in Delhi Commonwealth Games dent their pride and put them in a very delicate position. Cyclist Perkins won the second round heat easily on Tuesday but his hopes were disappeared after shameful act. Australian cycling team coach Gary West is very much irritated with the behaviour of Perkins. Cycling Australia, governing body of cycling in Australia already issued a stern warning to the offender. They also said,�We are disappointed with what shame did and the gesture and we don�t believe it is acceptable.�

This type of controversy put Austrlian management under pressure. After a strict instruction from the chef de mission of Australia Steve Manghetti, Hassane Fkiri apologised to his Indian opponent Anil Kumar, the referee and the world body of wrestling FILA. The apology is likely to ensure that Hassene doesn�t get suspension. Fkiri, 36, who migrated to Australia after representing Tunisia in 2000 Sydney Olympic. On the other hand Perkins a talented cyclist is always trouble maker. He is expelled from Australian Institute of Sports Scholarship for drunken behaviour and always put his coach in negative side.

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