“Khatokhov” had entered the “Guinness Book” of World Records as the heaviest child in the world in 2003.
The Russian sumo Dzhambulat Khatokhov
Gubzhev betal, head of the body governing sumo wrestling in the southern Kabardino-Balkaria region, said Khatokhov’s death on Instagram on Tuesday. But she did not disclose the reason.
The newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” reported that “Khatokhov” was suffering from kidney problems.
When Khatokhov was two years old, he weighed about 34 kilograms (75 pounds), and he weighed about 180 kilograms (397 pounds) when he was 13, according to Russian media.
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The child took part in many television programs, and German journalists filmed a movie about him, as he weighed 230 kilograms at 17 when he graduated from high school.
He then reduced his weight to 176 kg, becoming the champion of the Republic of Cabardino-Balkar in sumo wrestling.
Wrestling is popular in Russia’s North Caucasus region, including Kabardino-Balkaria, Chechnya, and Dagestan.
It is noteworthy that the Republic of “Kabardino – Balkaria” is in the North Caucasus in the Terek River Basin on the northern ends of the Caucasus Mountains, and is bordered to the north by Stavropol Krai, to the east by North Ossetia, south to Georgia and to the west by Karachay-Circassia.
Although forests surround a large part of the country, the northern part is a wide, arid plain. The presence of the Balkars is concentrated primarily in the valleys through which the rivers of the Paksan, Chegem, and Terek rivers pass east of Karachay.
As for the area of the Republic, it is 12,500 km2.