Outspoken judo champion Boukouvala gets 18-month ban

Greek judoka Ioulietta Boukouvala has been suspended for 18 months for insulting referees and “making inappropriate comments concerning expatriate athletes,” the Greek Judo Federation said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who competes in the 57kg category and is one of Greece’s most prominent athletes, is no stranger to speaking out about officials.

She criticized match referees at the London 2012 Olympics for not punishing Yurisleydis Lupetey after accusing the Cuban of biting her on the hand during the first round bout which Boukouvala surprisingly lost.


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