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Superstar wrestler jailed for murder as high crime rate alarms Mongolians · Global Voices

Olympic champion and the holder of the elite rank of “national elephant” (улсын заан) Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar in traditional Mongolian wrestling outfit. Cropped screenshot from the hero.e entertaiment YouTube channel

On June 9, 2022, the court of the Khan-Uul district of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar sentenced the champion judoka and the former president of the Mongolian National Olympic Committee (MNOC) Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar to 16 years in jail for brutally murdering his childhood friend and a fellow judoka Erdenebilegiin Enkhbat, putting an end to a legal saga that kept the nation in awe for more than a year.

After becoming the first Mongolian to ever win an Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008 and later, in London 2012, the first Mongolian Olympic multimedalist, Tüvshinbayar was destined to rise to stardom in a country that traditionally reveres wrestlers, and his success, according to Reuters, “prompted leaders…

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