Armenian and Azerbaijani athletes come to blows during a Shotokan karate international competition that was held in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi.
The Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do Federation of Armenia informed that the incident was provoked by the Azerbaijani athletes, who taunted the Armenian athletes, the latter reacted, and a clash ensued. But there were no injuries.
Azerbaijani news sources have disseminated an amateur video of this incident. (http://videochart.net/video/07360.0a50ecf3ec60fd1f3b3963e63e66?frompartner=1)
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Armenia has released a statement in connection with this incident.
“There will be respective assessments, [and] the official position of the Armenian side will be presented.
“If necessary, commensurate sanctions will be applied, including up to disqualification, and banning participation in international competitions
“The Armenian side’s [respective] assessment and final statement will be [made] solely after the review is completed,” the ministry’s statement specifically reads.