Bakhodir Kurbanov

Bakhodir Kurbanov (Russian: Баходир Курбанов; born 5 December 1972) is a retired Greco-Roman wrestler from Uzbekistan. He competed at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics[2] in the featherweight (-62 kg) and lightweight (-63 kg), respectively, and finished in 16th and fifth place.[3] He won a bronze and a silver medal at the 1994 and 1998 Asian Games, respectively, and finished fourth in 2002.

Bakhodir Kurbanov
Personal information
Born (1972-12-05) 5 December 1972 (age 48)
Samarkand Oblast, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union[1]
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
SportGreco-Roman wrestling
ClubSpartak Tashkent

FamilyEdit

Kurbanov is the youngest of five brothers, all wrestlers. In December 1997 he married Oksana Chusovitina, an Olympic gymnast from Uzbekistan whom he met at the 1994 Asian Games in Japan. The marriage was opposed by Chusovitina's Orthodox Christian parents because Kurbanov is a Muslim.[4] Their son Alisher was born in November 1999,[5] and in late 2002 he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. In search for qualified treatment the family moved to Cologne, Germany, and used fundraisers and donations from gymnastics fans to pay for medical bills. In 2006, Chusovitina received German citizenship.[6] After completing medical treatment Bakhodir and Alisher returned to Uzbekistan, though Chusovitina plans to brings them back to Germany.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Баходир Курбанов. ziyonet.uz
  2. ^ "Bakhodir KURBANOV - Olympic Wrestling Greco-Roman | Uzbekistan". International Olympic Committee. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  3. ^ Bakhodir Kurbanov. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ For petite gymnast, burly wrestler it was a match made at the games. Associated Press, 6 October 2002.
  5. ^ Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan). intlgymnast.com (February 2001)
  6. ^ Amanda Turner (19 June 2008) Ageless Chusovitina Turns 33. intlgymnast.com
  7. ^ At 37, gymnast Chusovitina still a medal contender. usatoday.com, 26 July 2012