Focus On Vinesh Phogat As Indian Wrestlers Begin Olympic Quota Hunt


Two-time Olympian Vinesh Phogat along with 16 other Indian wrestlers will begin their campaign for quota places at the Paris Games, which will be the focus of attention at the Asia Olympic Qualifiers starting in Bishkek from Friday. There are 36 quotas up for grabs in 18 weight categories across three disciplines – freestyle, women's and Greco-Roman – during the event, with India represented in all but one weight category. 19-year-old Antim Panghal has already sealed a quota place for India in the women's 53kg on her way to a bronze medal at the 2023 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Now it is time for the remaining Indian wrestlers like Vinesh (60 kg), Ritika Hooda (76 kg), current Under-23 world champion Anshu (57 kg), Mansi (62 kg) and Nisha (68 kg) to give their best performance. Has gone. Forward and seal their quota places.

However, no Indian will be under the scanner like Vinesh, the 2018 Asian Games and 2022 Commonwealth Games medalist who was one of the faces of the Indian wrestlers' protest against former national federation (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The 29-year-old, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons for some time, had won the national trials in 50kg in March. However, after permission was given by the authorities, she also competed in the 53 kg category in the selection trials in Patiala, but she lost in the semi-finals.

Vinesh had also alleged that her personal coach and physio were being denied recognition for the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament.

She will be desperate to leave all the noise behind and perform well to make it to her third Olympics.

In the men's freestyle category, Aman Sehrawat (57kg) will be in the headlines after ousting Tokyo Olympic medalist Ravi Dahiya to make it to the national trials.

He is also looking in good form as he won the gold medal at the Zagreb Open in January this year.

Among others, Sujeet will also be closely watched as he is leading the challenge in the 65kg category after the failure of Tokyo bronze medalist Bajrang Punia.

Deepak Punia (86kg), who came close to winning a medal at the Tokyo Games, will also be eyeing a good performance, while Jaideep (74kg), Deepak (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) will also be at their best. Would like. Claim quota for India.

There will be no gold medal, repechage or bronze-medal tie at the continental qualifiers, with the winners of both semi-finals in each Olympic weight category earning quotas for their countries at the Paris Games.

In Greco-Roman, Sumit (60kg), Ashu (67kg), Vikas (77kg), Sunil (87kg), Nitesh (97kg) and Naveen (130kg) will be hoping for a good performance.

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