The Olympics freestyle wrestling Champion and four times World Champion, Russian Abdulrashidi Sadulaer surprised his fans and instagram followers when he revealed he has recovered from covid-19, which according to him he underestimated.
Sadulaev, who won gold at Rio 2016 in the men’s 86-kilogram freestyle category, says he did not initially realise how serious the pandemic was until he was infected.
The four-time world champion wrote in an Instagram post: “I admit like most of my countrymen I did too not attach importance to the coronavirus.
“We really underestimated the disease, we began to feel its danger and threat only when it knocked on our door, I myself transferred it.”
Now recovered, he has asked the public to be responsible in their approach to the virus and listen to advice from medical experts.
“We need to take care not only of ourselves but also people who are around us, especially our elders; and people with chronic illnesses endure it very hard.
“I understand that sitting at home for the third month is not an easy task, but we need to show a little patience.
“This is our only way out, relief comes for every burden.”
Sadulaer is from Avar, muslim ethnic group of Dagestan which has been hit particularly hard by the crisis, with the healthcare system under strain and Russian President Vladimir Putin committing federal aid to support the region.