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Egyptian wrestlers skip their Olympic matches

Updated August 12, 2012

LONDON (AP) A pair of Egyptian wrestlers forfeited their Olympic matches on Sunday after failing to show up at ExCel.

Abdou Omar Abdou Ahmed and Saleh Emara lost their first round matches in the 66-kilogram and 96-kilogram men's freestyle categories by forfeit.

Ahmed was scheduled to wrestle Devid Safaryan of Armenia, while Emara was slated to face George Gogshelidze of Georgia.

No immediate word was available on why the pair failed to turn up. But Sunday's early round sessions started at 8:30 a.m., while the previous seven days of Olympic wrestling began at 1 p.m.

Neither Egyptian wrestler was considered a serious gold-medal contender.

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