October 3, 2022

In what turned out to be a disappointing marketing campaign, India’s Greco Roman wrestlers drew a clean on the World Olympic Qualifiers as none of them might earn a Tokyo Video games quota in Bulgaria, Sofia on Saturday.

India is not going to be fielding any wrestler within the males’s Greco-Roman classes, however a total tally of eight quota spots have been confirmed for the Olympics matching the nation’s finest qualification document achieved at Rio 2016.

Total, if wrestlers from all eight certified classes take to the mat in Tokyo, India will area its greatest ever contingent in wrestling at Olympics with 4 males’s freestyle wrestlers and as many ladies wrestlers.

Within the final version in 2016, India had fielded seven wrestlers – two males’s free model, two Greco Roman and three ladies wrestlers. Within the males’s freestyle 74kg, a quota was earned however no wrestler was fielded.

Males’s freestyle wrestler Sumit Malik (125kg) and Seema Bisla (50kg, ladies) earned quotas from this occasion in Sofia. Earlier than this occasion, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Deepak Punia (86kg) and Vinesh Phogat (ladies’s 53kg) had certified by way of the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan. Younger weapons Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) had additionally certified by way of the Asian Qualifier in Almaty, final month.

In a while Saturday, Seema Bisla clinched the gold medal within the ladies’s 50kg class after her opponent Lucia Guzman from Ecuador defaulted on account of damage. Seema had earned a quota already on Friday because the wrestlers who attain closing punch tickets for the quadrennial occasion beginning in July.

It’s first worldwide title for 29-year-old Seema since she triumphed on the Yasar Dogu occasion in July 2019, reported PTI.

India’s brightest probability was with Gurpreet Singh however he was ousted after shedding his 77kg pre-quarterfinal in simply 48 seconds to 2020 European champion Rafig Huseynov from Azerbaijan.

Huseynov pulled off a fast four-point transfer to stun Gurpreet. Earlier than Gurpreet might regroup, the Azerbaijani effected one other four-pointer to finish the bout within the first interval itself.

Gurpeet, who had gained a bronze medal eventually month’s Asian Qualifiers, had bought a walkover from Tajikistan’s Daler Rez Zade in his opening bout.

Sachin Rana had forfeited his opening bout to bow out of the 60kg competitors. “He was feeling unwell after weigh-in. He mentioned he observed blood in his urine, so we withdrew him from the competitors. Well being is paramount,” India’s nationwide coach Hargobind Singh advised PTI.

Ashu (67kg) squandered Par Terre place benefit to lose 3-8 towards Aliaksandr Liavonchyk of Belarus.

Sunil Kumar missed probabilities aplenty towards Russia’s Davit Chakvatadze within the 87kg pre-quarterfinal. He was up 1-0 however didn’t benefit from the ‘Par Terre’ as he let the Russian get out of the defensive place.

Chakvatadze, gold medal winner at Rio 2016. was drained in the direction of the top however the Indian couldn’t take benefit in what was a hard-fought bout.

Deepanshu was pinned by Spain’s Jesus Gasca Fresnada when he was trailing 3-7 in his 97kg pre-quarterfinal.

Solely the 2 finalists are given Tokyo Olympics quota on this competitors, which is the final alternative to win tickets to the Summer season Video games.

Earlier, Naveen Kumar, who was set to compete within the World Olympic Qualifiers in 97kg Greco Roman, had examined optimistic for Covid-19 on opening day, forcing him to withdraw from the competitors.

It’s second time that Naveen (97kg) has contracted coronavirus as he had bought contaminated just a few months again however had recovered.

Hargobind mentioned it was at all times tough for Indians to get by way of this competitors, contemplating presence of robust Europeans wrestlers.

“Gurpreet’s weight had 30 wrestlers. Greco Roman may be very widespread in Europe. They’ve benefit of sparring with robust wrestlers. In Indian sub-continent, this model shouldn’t be widespread. We had higher probability at Asian Qualifier.

“Additionally, there was not sufficient time to organize as a result of the Nationals had been delayed as a result of pandemic which resulted in late choice. We couldn’t organize a coaching journey overseas. You don’t get good Greco wrestlers in Indian sub-continent,” Hargobind advised PTI.

(With PTI inputs)

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