tokTokyo Olympics: Russia’s Olympic wrestling champion Soslan Ramonov is all set to miss out on defending his title due to an injury. According to Russian state news agency TASS, the 30-year-old has had surgery performed on his knee ligament and will therefore miss the Olympic trials for the Russian team. Ramonov won the men’s freestyle in 65 kilograms gold medal at Rio 2016, defeating Toghrul Asgarov from Azerbaijan in the final.
Gadzhimurad Rashidov is the current world champion in that division, and in winning the world title secured an Olympic quota for Russia. The Russian National Freestyle Wrestling Championships, which will also work as Olympic trials, are scheduled to be held in Ulan-Ude from March 11 to 14.
Since the Russian flag and anthem has been banned from Tokyo 2020, the Russian athletes will be able to compete neutrally.
“Today I was operated on, everything went well, the clinic is good, everything is in order,” said Ramonov – also a world champion 2014 – to TASS.
“Now I will recover.
“I do not have time to recover before the selection for the Games – as for my future career, I am not ready to answer yet.”
Wrestling competition is due to be staged between August 1 and 7 at the Olympics later this year.