“He hugged me and said sorry brother,” says Olympic silver medalist, Ravi Dahiya on being bitten by Kazakh wrestler Nurislam Sanayev

The Indian wrestler who won a silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has spoken about getting bit by Kazakh wrestler Nurislam Sanayev.

Ravi Dahiya was badly bitten in the semifinal match against Kazakh wrestler Nurislam Sanayev in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Despite his opponent’s painful bite on his biceps, Ravi showed his mettle and won that match. With that semifinal win, Dahiya booked his place in the gold medal match against ROC’s Zavur Uguev in the 57kg category men’s wrestling. However, Ravi lost in the final match, but he won the hearts of many Indian fans. Ravi Dahiya was not happy with himself as he couldn’t able to win the gold for India.

“I am happy with the silver medal, but I wanted to win the gold. Our wrestlers have won silver and bronze medals in the past and the only medal left to win was gold. I wanted to win that. For some time I was sad, but then I told myself that there will be the next time again for me,” Ravi Dahiya said to Times Of India.


In the semifinal match which was played on Wednesday, Ravi Dahiya was trailing throughout the game, but he made a huge comeback and register his name for the finals of the Tokyo Olympics. After the match, many came to know that Ravi was bitten in this match by his opponent Sanayev. Some videos were out on social media along with the photos of a mark on his right bicep.

When Ravi was asked about this biting story, he said, “When I came for the weigh-in the next day, Sanayev was already there. He came and shook hands with me. He hugged me and said sorry brother. I smiled and hugged him back. We are friends. We also shared a few laughs on other topics.”

Former Indian opening batsman, Virendra Sehwag was not happy with this behaviour of the Kazakh’s wrestler. He appreciated Ravi Dahiya for his win, even after being bitten by Nurislam Sanayev via his Twitter handle.