December 10, 2022


Handed a possibility to qualify for the Tokyo Video games on the fag finish of his worldwide profession, veteran wrestler Amit Dhankar would go all out when he takes the mat together with 11 different Indians on the World Olympic Qualifiers, beginning on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Dhankar is a three-time Commonwealth champion however he missed the big-ticket occasions as a result of he struggled to go previous Yogeshwar Dutt in 66kg class for many of his profession.

His final huge efficiency was a silver-medal present in 74kg on the 2019 Asian Championship held in Xian, China.

His hopes to make the lower for the Tokyo Video games had been dashed when he misplaced the trials however since nationwide champion Sandeep Singh Mann got here a cropper on the Asian Qualifiers in Almaty, the nationwide federation gave Dhankar an opportunity to compete in Sofia.

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Dhankar had completed second within the trials. It’s the final probability for all of the wrestlers on this planet to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Video games.

As many as seven Olympic medallists might be within the fray in numerous classes at this occasion, the place the 2 finalists will make the lower for the Video games.

Dhankar can be determined to take advantage of the prospect however his journey might be onerous because the 74-kg bracket is full of robust wrestlers, together with Rio Olympics bronze medallist Soner Demirtas from Turkey, world champion Hetik Cabolov from Serbia and Slovakia’s European champion Tajmuraz Salkazanov.

Including to the problem might be African champion from Nigeria, Ogbonna John, Asian champion from Kyrgyzstan Arsalan Budazhapov and the European champion from Belarus Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau.

Dhankar is agile on the mat however his rivals are superior by craft and that’s what will make a distinction.

The opposite free type Indians wresters in fray are 2018 CWG champion Sumit Malik (125kg), who lately acquired married, and Satywart Kadiyan (97kg).

Malik had an amazing probability to qualify from the Almaty occasion however squandered the chance. He nonetheless is India’s finest hope on this class and it will not be a shock if Malik sneaks via.

Within the girls’s competitors, Seema Bisla (50kg) might be India’s finest wager.

Ever since Vinesh Phogat moved to the 53kg class, Seema has proven promise. Profitable a bronze medal on the latest Asian Championship should have boosted her confidence.

Nisha (68kg) and Pooja (76kg) have additionally simply began their journey on the senior circuit at worldwide degree and can solely achieve by competing. Pooja doesn’t surrender simply and had received bronze at each Asian occasions in Almaty lately.

Amongst India’s Greco Roman wrestlers, all eyes might be on hard-working Asian champion Gurpreet Singh (77 kg).

Sachin Rana (60kg), Aashu (67kg), Sunil (87 kg), Deepanshu (97 kg) and Naveen Kumar (130 kg) full the workforce.

Six Indian wrestlers have thus far certified for the Tokyo Video games. In males’s free type, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) made the lower, whereas Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) certified in girls’s class.



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