Sanayev biting Dahiya was unintentional: United World Wrestling

Sanayev bites Dahiya
Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in action against Ravi Kumar Dahiya. Photo: Reuters

Tokyo: Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev's got his teeth into the Tokyo 2020 Games, but his rival Ravi Kumar Dahiya of India wasn't expecting to find them cutting into his skin.

Sanayev lost to Dahiya by fall, in a bantamweight semifinal bout in freestyle wrestling on Wednesday at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe Hall.

In a statement on Thursday, the international wrestling governing body, United World Wrestling (UWW), said that the bite action was prohibited, but unintentional.

"It was concluded that the action taken was an unintentional reaction," UWW said.

"Based on the discussion and review of the incident no disciplinary action will be taken based on the conclusion of the incident."

According to the rules enforced by the UWW, wrestlers are forbidden to pull the hair, ears, genitals, pinch the skin, bite, twist fingers or toes of their opponents.

Unfazed by the sting,  Dahiya will face Russian Zaur Uguev for the gold medal later on Thursday.

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