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Russian wrestler Semyonov wins 2020 Olympic bronze in men’s Greco-Roman under-130 kg event

In the clash for the bronze, Semyonov defeated Yasmani Acosta Fernandez of Chile
Sergei Semyonov and Yasmani Acosta Fernandez AP Photo/Aaron Favila
Sergei Semyonov and Yasmani Acosta Fernandez
© AP Photo/Aaron Favila

TOKYO, August 2. /TASS/. Russian wrestler Sergei Semyonov won bronze on Monday at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in the men’s Greco-Roman under-130 kilograms weight category competition.

In the clash for the bronze, Semyonov defeated Yasmani Acosta Fernandez of Chile.

The gold of the 2020 Olympics in men’s Greco-Roman under-130 kilograms competition went to Cuba’s Mijain Lopez Nunez, who defeated in the final his eventual silver medal winner Iakobi Kajaia of Georgia.

Semyonov, 25, is the bronze medal winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the gold medal winner of the 2018 world championship. He is also the silver medalist of the European Games and the bronze medal winner of one of the European championships.

As of today, the Russian national team of athletes in Tokyo, participating as Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) due to international sanctions against Russian sports, boasts 12 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze medals. Team ROC is currently 5th in the overall medals count.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s capital of Tokyo are being held this year between July 23 and August 8. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the spread of COVID-19.

Russia at Tokyo-2020

On July 6, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) published an approved list of 335 athletes, who were selected to represent the country at the Summer Olympic Games. The Olympic delegation of Russian athletes in Tokyo includes 185 female and 150 male athletes.

Russian athletes are competing in Tokyo under the flag and logo of the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem. The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Olympics in Japan.

Sanctions against Russian sports

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

Following the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for a two-year period.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.