Olympic Medalist Kills Childhood Friend

Mongolian National Olympic Committee president, Naidangiin Tuvshinbayar has been sentenced to 16 years in jail after murdering a childhood friend. 

Tuvshinbayar, 38, an Olympic gold medalist in Judo and a national of Mongolia, was sentenced to 16 years behind bars by the court of the Kahn-Uul district in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, after a well-documented trial in relation to the case in question. 

Winning Olympic gold in the 2008 summer games in Beijing and a silver medal at the 2012 summer games in London, Tuvshinbayar has also been credited with having a significant influence on politics in Mongolia, with Reuters pointing to the fact his achievements as an athlete “promoted leaders from feuding parties to join thousands of supporters in the streets to celebrate their champion.”

After engaging in a physical altercation with his childhood friend, Erdenebilegiin Enkhbat on April 2, 2021, Tuvshinbayar struck Enkhbat multiple times in the head with a heavy object, leaving the latter with severe brain damage as a result of the assault. 

Enkhbat was hospitalized as a result of the attack from Tuvshinbayar, where he failed to ever regain consciousness before he eventually passed away on December 24, 2021. Following Enkhbat’s death, new charges were brought against Tuvshinbayar in relation to the drunken assault. Tuvshinbayar was initially jailed for a period of 20 days following the assault, prior to Enkhbat’s death, accused of causing “serious damage to the health of others.” 

Following a year-long trial, Tuvshinbayar was eventually sentenced to 16 years in jail.

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