Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

World’s top wrestler contracted coronavirus

Abdulrashid Sadulaev

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 21, 2019: Olympic champion, Russian freestyle wrestler Abdulrashid Sadulaev during a meeting between the athletes’ committee of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and representatives of all-Russian sports federations on preparation to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)

Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS

Abdulrashid Sadulayev, arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound wrestler and one of the world’s most formidable athletes, said he contracted the coronavirus, according to translations of an Instagram video.

Sadulayev, a reigning Olympic and world champion freestyle wrestler, urged residents of his native Dagestan to join him in staying home during a Muslim holiday this weekend, according to Russian media.

Sadulayev, 24, went undefeated at the senior international level for nearly four years from 2013 until 2017, when he was beaten by American Kyle Snyder in a world championships final dubbed the “Match of the Century.”

Sadulayev came back to win the last two world titles.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Olympic champion wrestler from Cuba recovers from coronavirus