September 21, 2022


India’s Tokyo Olympics-bound freestyle wrestling contingent will go away for his or her coaching and publicity tour of Poland on June 5, stated Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) assistant secretary Vinod Tomar. The Indian wrestlers will prepare for an entire month in Warsaw.

The wrestlers are presently coaching of their 
akhadas  because the nationwide camp in Sonepat was known as off as a consequence of a surge in COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation. They’ll now assemble in New Delhi earlier than the journey to Poland. The group was initially scheduled to coach in Hungary and compete within the Yasar Dogu worldwide event in Istanbul between June 25-27 as effectively, however these plans have been tweaked preserving in thoughts the journey restrictions and visa clearance.

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“The wrestlers will get their visas on June 4 and can go away for Poland the subsequent day. The present plan is for them to coach in Poland till July 5. We’re additionally making an attempt to discover the opportunity of them having a camp in Romania after that,” Tomar instructed 
Sportstar  on Wednesday. 

The Indian grapplers will compete within the Poland Open, to be held in Warsaw from June 8-13, which is the final Rating Collection occasion forward of the Olympics. Nonetheless, star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia (65kg) has opted to coach in Russia and is more likely to take part within the Ali Aliev Memorial event, the place he gained the gold in 2019. 

Sumit Malik (125kg), who sealed his ticket to Tokyo by bagging the silver medal on the Asian Championships in Could, has recovered from a knee damage and has returned to the mat. Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) will even be in motion and though Deepak Punia’s (86kg) identify doesn’t characteristic within the checklist of entrants, the WFI has insisted it was an error and that he’ll compete.

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Solely two ladies — Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Anshu Malik (57kg) — will take part within the competitors. Vinesh will fly from Hungary to take part within the Poland Open and can then return to her coaching base in Budapest until July 2. Seema Bisla (50kg) and Sonam Mallik (62kg) will skip the tour owing to accidents.

Eight freestyle wrestlers – 4 males and as many ladies – have certified for the Tokyo Olympics, which can start on July 23.



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