September 29, 2022

It is simple to neglect that Pankaj Malik has already been to a senior World Championships. It was an unremarkable outing anyway, with Malik crashing out within the second spherical after a 10-0 humbling by the hands of Turkey’s Suleyman Atli.

On Tuesday although, Malik was hardly the grappler who had made a hasty exit in Oslo a yr again. He blazed via a high quality area and completed off the 2019 World Championships bronze medallist Rahul Conscious (12-2) in a one-sided contest after Conscious had edged previous gifted Aman Sehrawat in a nail-biting end.

Malik imposed himself on Conscious within the opening minute itself, effecting a sneaky takedown. The three-time Asian bronze medallist, maybe too exhausted from his 9-8 victory over younger Sehrawat, had no solutions to Malik’s relentless assaults and caved in in entrance of a partisan crowd.

The consequence means Malik, who competed within the 57kg class at earlier Worlds, now has the possibility to undo the embarrassment of an early exit within the 61kg class. The World Championships start in Belgrade on Sept 10.

Olympics silver medallist Ravi Dahiya, who had skipped the competitors final yr, will return to his pet 57kg class. The reigning Commonwealth Video games (CWG) champion is presently coaching in Vladikavkaz in Russia. Dahiya and fellow CWG champions Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) had been exempted from trials by the WFI.

Dahiya’s return pushed Malik to the upper weight division, and he’s decided to make it rely.

“Qualifying for my second Worlds is a good honour. Final time, I could not go deep within the competitors as I performed via an harm, however this time, I’ll attempt my finest to return residence with a medal,” he stated.

Malik, who hails from Bhainswal village in Sonepat, was launched to wrestling by his maternal uncle, Sahab Singh, a former national-level wrestler. Whereas Malik’s father and different uncles had been additionally desirous about wrestling, it was at Singh’s insistence {that a} younger Malik was despatched to Guru Shamsher Singh akhada in his village.

“No matter I’ve managed to grow to be is because of my uncle. He was a reasonably good wrestler and was a part of the nationwide camp too, however accidents minimize quick his profession. I wish to fulfil his desires and make him proud,” Malik, who now trains on the famed Chhatrasal Stadium, knowledgeable.

Understandably, the likes of Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt have had an incredible affect on Malik. “Rising up in Chhatrasal, it’s not possible to not be consumed by the aura of Sushil and Yogeshwar. Now, there’s Ravi too. I’ve at all times noticed such champions and tried to study from them. Even Rahul (Conscious) who I beat at present is a really high quality wrestler and I’ve watched his bouts fairly intently,” the 26-year-old Indian Air Drive sergeant added.

Malik plans to stay to the non-Olympic 61kg division for a couple of tournaments however will step as much as the 65kg class for Asian Video games and Olympics qualifiers. That may put him in Bajrang’s crosshairs, a chance for which Malik claims he’s prepared for.

“Once I step on the mat, I don’t care who my opponent is. I belief my expertise and preparation. No matter occurs on the mat is a operate of the way you prepare. Furthermore, having grown up with wrestling legends at Chhatrasal and having skilled with them, I don’t get nervous due to my opponents anymore,” he signed off.

Males’s staff for Worlds:


Weight Class Title

57 Kg. Ravi Kumar

61 Kg. Pankaj

65 Kg. Bajrang

70 Kg. Naveen

74 Kg. Sagar Jaglan

79 Kg. Deepak

86 Kg. Deepak Punia

92 Kg. Vicky

97 Kg. Viky

125 Kg. Dinesh


Weight Class Title

55 Kg. Arjun Halakurki

60 Kg. Gyanender

63 Kg. Neeraj

67 Kg. Ashu

72 Kg. Vikas

77 Kg. Sachin

82 Kg. Harpreet Singh

87 Kg. Sunil Kumar

97 Kg. Deepanshu

130 Kg. Satish

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