Russian Olympic champion wrestler conscripted
Moscow, Nov 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti): The man who won Russia’s first wrestling gold medal at the London Olympics has entered army service as a conscript.
Roman Vlasov won gold in the 74kg division and now the 22-year-old considers his duty to serve his country in the military.
Vlasov’s move is rare among Russia’s youth and was apparently influenced by three-time Olympic champion wrestler Alexander Karelin, who also served in the armed forces.
The athlete filed an application last month requesting he be drafted.
Russia has a mandatory draft system where all able-bodied men aged 18 to 27 must do a 12-month stint. Draft-dodging is common practice with potential recruits scared off by poor living conditions, low wages and systemic hazing.
Vlasov is also a reigning World Champion.
Russia won four wrestling golds in London.