Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya on Thursday settled for silver after going down against the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Zavur Uguev in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category at the Tokyo Olympics.
Uguev dominated the match and didn’t give any chance to the Indian grappler to come out with flying colours as India lost the chance to win its first gold medal in wrestling. Despite starting off cautiously Uguev got off to the mark and doubled his lead within seconds.
Earlier, Ravi Dahiya stormed into the finals of the event where the Indian grappler had to endure his semi-final opponent’s unsportsmanlike attitude.
During the final minute of the game, Dahiya was trailing 5-9 and it was then that, Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev was seen biting the Indian on his arm when the Indian grappler had pinned him down.
Many sportspeople including former India batsman Virender Sehwag took it to social media and Sehwag went on to label Sanayev’s act as “disgraceful”.
“How unfair is this, couldn’t hit our #RaviDahiya’s spirit, so bit his hand. Disgraceful Kazakh loser Nurislam Sanayev. Ghazab Ravi, bahut seena chaunda kiya aapne #Wrestling,” tweeted Sehwag.
However, in the finals, Ravi at one point in time equalled the scoreboard at 2-2 but Uguev showing off his immense power again took the lead as the Indian wrestler trailed 4-2 after the conclusion of the first period.
Uguev came firing on all cylinders and further extended his lead as he gave no chance to Ravi to dominate the game.