Sambo wrestler takes the injured opponent to the locker!
What happened next just drove the fans crazy – Papou hoisted Gasimov upon his shoulders and carried him away to the locker followed by the Azerbaijani trainers and everyone’s hearty cheering. Besides, his golden medal became the first one for Belarus national sambo team in the Europeans.
“That’s what often happens in sambo: athletes don’t want to give up, they try to stand the pain until the referee stops the bout. So my opponent didn’t want to tap despite all pain and he got injured. I think that the thing I did is a sign of respect. I used to be in that kind of situation, so I didn’t have any doubts whether to help him or not. If sambo athletes want to compete in the Olympics, they need to be an example of respectful attitude”, Papou said after the finals.