Arutyunyan, 27, competed against Serbian wrestler Davor Stefanek in the finals on Tuesday, receiving Armenia’s second silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The bout ended in a draw, but Stefanek secured the gold medal on the criteria that he was the last one to be awarded a point.
“I don’t know what to start with but first of all I would like to thank those who did not avoid expressing opinions over my wrestle in the finals of Rio 2016. I am thankful for your enormous support. I feel huge support by my nation as well. Any professional sportsman dreams of appearing on the Olympic podium and listen to the national anthem of his country and I am not an exception.
I have been striving for the Olympic peak during my whole life. I have dreamt of an opportunity to struggle for a gold medal in Olympic Games and that long-awaited time finally arrived. I encountered numerous injustices on my way to Rio, but I had patience and did not react to them since I was looking forward to “Rio-2016.” And this time again a miracle did not happen. I was again deprived of the gold medal. That act depressed me and that’s why I was unable to pacify myself.
Will the world of sport keep a blind eye on this crime? Not only me, but many other were deprived of medals. I was deprived of the title of an Olympic Champion as Serbia or maybe other countries have a decisive voice in the sphere of wrestling. But I am proud to be an Armenian.
We are a small but a great nation at the same time. I would like to congratulate my friend, Artur Aleksanyan, for conquering a gold medal. He deserved that victory. I congratulate weightlifters Simon Martirosyan and Gor Minasyan for conquering silver medals.
I have no desire to offend the Serbian wrestler. He is not a bad wrestler and has a good defense. He will remember my name ever morning. Every time looking at the gold medal he will think that it belongs to me,” Arutyunyan wrote.