Australian weightlifter assaults rival at Commonwealth Games village

Thursday July 31st, 2014

An Australian weightlifter broke a Welsh rival's nose at the Commonwealth Games village dining room in Glasgow on Wednesday over a dispute related to a woman, reports the Associated Press

On Thursday, Francois Etoundi pleaded guilty to assaulting Gareth Evans and was stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation. He could face additional sport sanctions in Australia. 

The incident occurred after a verbal exchange relating to Evan's girlfriend. 

"I made it clear I didn't want him back in the village when violent behavior is asserted," said Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper. "The games have to be safe and secure."

Etoundi won a bronze medal on Sunday in the 170-pound weightlifting division, but he will now be returning home to Australia

Etoundi's lawyer said the Australian is "bitterly, bitterly disappointed with things."

More: Usain Bolt denies ripping Commonwealth Games

- Molly Geary



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