December 10, 2022

After Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt in London 2012, two extra Chhatrasal Stadium merchandise — Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia — picked up a silver and a bronze respectively within the Olympics as wrestling made essentially the most substantial contribution to the nation’s tally of seven medals on the Tokyo Video games.

Ravi supplied the nation its second silver medal from wrestling whereas Bajrang earned the fifth bronze to take India’s total medal depend from the game to seven.

The Tokyo expertise was bittersweet for the Indian wrestling contingent.

The wrestlers equalled the London Video games tally and maintained the game’s continued providing of medals since Beijing 2008.

Nonetheless, the individuals operating the game within the nation had been disheartened because the efficiency was beneath their expectations.

It’s a indisputable fact that the largest ladies’s squad that outnumbered the male wrestlers let down in a giant approach.

World No. 1 Vinesh Phogat’s exit within the ladies’s 53kg quarterfinals following her loss to Belarusian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya ‘by fall’ was an enormous shock not just for the wrestling fraternity but in addition for the Indian contingent as a complete.

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Vinesh had crushed seasoned campaigner World and Olympic medallist Sofia Mattsson of Sweden 7-1 within the first spherical to succeed in the quarterfinals.

Of the inexperienced trio, Sonam Malik (62kg) and Seema Bisla (50kg) had been ousted within the first spherical whereas Anshu Malik (57kg) gave some struggle earlier than crashing out within the repechage.


Shocker: World No. 1 Vinesh Phogat’s exit within the ladies’s 53kg quarterfinals following her loss to Belarusian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya ‘by fall’ was an enormous shock not just for the wrestling fraternity but in addition for the Indian contingent as a complete.


Sonam and Seema got here up quick towards Bolortuya Khurelkhuugiin (2-2) of Mongolia and Sarra Hamdi (3-1) of Tunisia respectively. Anshu, who misplaced to Iryna Kurachkina (8-2) of Belarus within the first spherical, was handed a defeat by Russian Valeria Koblova (5-1) in repechage.

Ravi was able to successful a gold medal however managed a silver after happening 7-4 to double World champion and prime seed Zaur Uguev of Russia within the males’s freestyle 57kg class title conflict.

Coach Jagmender Singh’s dealing with of the affairs was baffling as he didn’t problem the referee’s selections when Ravi stood to realize clear factors no less than on two events. Ravi’s private coach Kamal Malikov was not current on the mat aspect.

Ravi had crushed Pan American silver medallist Colombian Oscar Tigreros 13-2, Bulgarian Particular person World Cup bronze medallist Georgi Vangelov 14-4 and double Worlds medallist Kazakh Nurislam Sanayev ‘by fall’ to change into the second Indian wrestler after Sushil Kumar to make it to the ultimate in an Olympic Video games.

In males’s 86kg, Deepak Punia, who misplaced his bronze medal match to San Marino’s Miles Amine, may have been guided nicely. He let the essential match slip away from his grasp in the previous few seconds. Once more, his private coach Murad Gaidarov was not current on the mat aspect.

Deepak obtained the higher of Ekerekeme Agiomor 12-1 of Nigeria and Lin Zushen 6-3 of China earlier than dropping to eventual champion David Taylor 10-0 within the semifinals. Within the bronze medal contest, he misplaced 4-2 after main 2-1.

Appointment of the coaches who don’t work with the wrestlers regularly was positively a obvious challenge on this Olympics. The issue was additionally seen within the case of the first-timers within the ladies’s part as they skilled elsewhere more often than not earlier than being requested to go to Tokyo with the Nationwide coaches.

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The frustration associated to the blip in some wrestlers’ exhibiting took an unpleasant flip when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) selected to scrub soiled linen in public and slapped a short lived suspension on Vinesh and show-caused Sonam for her act of ‘indiscipline’.

Curiously, Sonam obtained to know of her show-cause discover, for asking another person to gather her passport from the WFI workplace, from the newspapers!

Totally different source-based information reviews declare that the WFI held Vinesh accountable on three counts: i) not sporting the singlet supplied by the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA), thereby hampering the sponsor’s curiosity, ii) demanding a separate room and iii) refusing to coach with different Indian wrestlers. It was alleged that Vinesh stated she may contract Covid as she travelled from Hungary and others travelled from India.

Did the WFI attempt to discover out, informally, why Vinesh did what she did earlier than inserting her underneath suspension? Was she served a show-cause discover earlier than being suspended?

In keeping with media reviews, the WFI president, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, even raised questions on VInesh’s coaching in Hungary previous to the Olympics.

Because the governing physique of the game within the nation, the WFI is required to stability its duties of performing in equity and but taking sturdy steps in case any wrestler deliberately commits acts of indiscipline.


Braving odds: Regardless of nursing as knee damage, India’s Bajrang Punia managed to clinch the bronze medal within the males’s freestyle 65kg class.


Amid all of the negativity, Bajrang’s valiant exhibiting was an excellent instance of a champion wrestler rising to the event. He used his expertise and intelligence to do the unthinkable regardless of nursing a knee damage and staying away from the mat for about three weeks previous to the Olympics.

Eager to win an Olympic medal, the one triple World championships medal successful wrestler from the nation modified his sport to wrestle defensively and document wins over Ernazar Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan (3-3) and Morteza Ghiasi of Iran (by fall) to enter the semifinals. He misplaced to reputed Azerbaijani wrestler and eventual silver medallist Haji Aliyev (12-5) however returned the subsequent day with numerous dedication to provide his greatest and outclass Worlds silver medallist Daulet Niyazbekov (8-0) and take the bronze medal.

With the development in efficiency of the Indian wrestlers, who claimed two Olympic medals once more after managing one within the type of Sakshi Malik’s bronze in Rio 2016, the system must run professionally to assist the wrestlers shine even brighter in larger worldwide occasions.

As a substitute of blaming the wrestlers and their sponsors for the ‘beneath par’ performances within the Tokyo Olympics, the WFI would do nicely to place in place a strong and foolproof system to watch each wrestler’s efficiency within the run-up to the Olympics and increase the game’s contribution in India’s medals tally sooner or later.

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