Sadulaev to Sit out Ivan Yariguin
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 20:27 By Eric Olanowski
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (January 5) -- Gaidar GAIDAROV (RUS), the “Senior Coach of the Dagestan National Wrestling Team,” has confirmed to United World Wrestling that three-time world and Olympic champion Abdulrashid SADULAEV (RUS) will sit out of the first Ranking Series event of the year, the Ivan Yariguin. Gaidarov simply told UWW “No, he will not be wrestling in Krasnoyarsk.”
The news of Sadulaev not competing comes five days before registration closes, and 20 days before the first whistle at the Ivan Yariguin, which is often referred to as the “Toughest Wrestling Tournament in the World.”
Sadualev not making the trip to Krasnoyarsk eliminates the potential “Round 3” matchup with the two-time world and Olympic champion Kyle SNYDER (USA) after the pair split the 2017 and 2018 world finals. “Captain America” was victorious in 2017, but the “Russian Tank” got his revenge in 2018, pinning Snyder one minute into the 97kg gold-medal bout.
The duo of superstars have recently gone back and forth on Instagram teasing a potential third match at the Ivan Yariguin.
First, it was Snyder who tagged Sadulaev in a post captioned, “Round 3. Let's do it. Krasnoyarsk, Russia."
Sadulaev quickly responded, saying, ”Buddy Snyder, I understand your condition, but I advise you to approach the trilogy with a cool head. And then suddenly the psyche will suffer. On the way to Tokyo 2020, we will meet again.”
With the news of Sadulaev sitting out of the Yariguin, it looks like we’ll have to wait until the 2019 World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the third match-up.