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


TOKYO, August 2. / TASS /. Russian wrestler Sergei Semionov won bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday in the Greco-Roman men’s competition in the under 130 kilogram category.

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

The 2020 Olympics gold in the Greco-Roman men’s under 130 kg competition went to Cuban Mijain Lopez Nunez, who beat eventual silver medalist Georgian Iakobi Kajaia in the final.

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

To date, the Russian national team of athletes in Tokyo, participating as a ROC team (the Russian Olympic Committee) due to international sanctions against Russian sports, has 12 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze. The ROC team is currently 5th overall in medals.

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

Russia in Tokyo-2020

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

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

Sanctions against Russian sports

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

Following the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympics and Paralympics under the national flag of Russia for a period of two years.

The decision of the Swiss-based court also deprived 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 effect until December 2022.


Robert J. King