TOKYO: Younger Indian wrestler Sonam Malik was on Monday positioned within the difficult backside half of the ladies’s 62kg draw, the place she’s going to open her Olympics marketing campaign in opposition to Asian silver medallist Bolortuya Khurelkhuu from Mongolia.
The 19-year-old would be the sole Indian wrestler in motion on Tuesday.
Comparatively new to the massive stage, each single bout shall be a take a look at of character for Sonam, who certified for the Tokyo Video games by making the ultimate on the Asian Qualifier in April in Almaty.
Khurelkhuu is extra skilled than Sonam and has stood on the rostrum on each the events she took the mat this season however the Indian is just not intimidated.
Sonam got here into Olympics after recovering from a proper knee damage that didn’t let her fly to Russia for coaching in build-up to the Video games.
“I’m nice. There is no such thing as a ache in my knee. It is neither robust nor straightforward draw for me,” Sonam, who earned a reputation for herself by defeating Rio bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik 4 occasions, informed PTI after the draw ceremony.
If Sonam manges to cross the primary hurdle, she’s going to most probably discover 2018 world champion Taybe Mustafa Yusein from Bulgaria within the quarterfinals.
“It doesn’t matter what the draw is. Sonam is just not taking any strain. She was even able to tackle Japan (Yukako Kawai). So, she’s going to do effectively,” stated her private coach Ajmer Malik.
Kawai is 2019 World Championship bronze winner and if in any respect she clashes with Sonam, it will likely be a bottom-half semifinal.
The draw is such that the repechage route could open up for Sonam if she doesn’t go deep on her personal.