September 23, 2022

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh feels the Tokyo-bound Indian wrestling contingent ought to bag 4 medals within the showpiece occasion. Talking to ANI, the WFI President mentioned, “This time I’m anticipating large from wrestling. Wrestlers are totally match and so they have labored actually onerous. Federation and authorities has put all their efforts and saved no stone unturned. Throughout Rio 2016 there have been lots of controversies — Vinesh acquired injured and Narsingh was in hassle for doping. Due to Narsingh’s incidence, all had been disturbed. There was an issue with coaching and in addition for camp however this time there aren’t any such points.”

In Rio 2016 Olympics, the Indian wrestling group was solely in a position to seize a bronze in freestyle courtesy of Sakshi Malik (within the girls’s 58 kg). “I’m certain not simply the color of the medal will change however we’ll make information. We aren’t counting one or two medals I’m not happy with this, I imagine that this time at the very least we’ll get 4 medals,” he added.

Throwing gentle on Bajrang Punia’s damage Brijbhushan Sharan mentioned, “All the pieces is okay with him, there is no such thing as a downside. We predict 4 medals and can also get a bonus. I’m solely trying on the fish’s eye, at the very least 4 medals from wrestling that is all I do know.”

India’s high hope for the Olympic medal in Tokyo, Bajrang Punia, is seeded second within the 65kg weight class by UWW behind the top-seeded Russian Gadzhimurad Rashidov.

8 Indian wrestlers have certified for the showpiece occasion: Bajrang Punia (Males 65kg), Ravi Kumar Dahiya (Males 57kg), Deepak Punia (Males 86kg), Sumit Malik (Males 125kg) ( Notice: Banned for two years on account of doping however nonetheless time to attraction ban choice), Vinesh Phogat (Girls 53kg), Anshu Malik (Girls 57kg), Sonam Malik (Girls 62kg), and Seema Bisla (Girls 50kg).


Greater than 115 Indian athletes have certified up to now for Tokyo Olympics which is able to start on July 23 and can run as much as August 8 this yr. The occasion was slated to be held final yr, however it was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the 2016 Rio Olympics, 117 Indian athletes had certified however could not higher the medals haul from the 2012 London Video games, which stays India’s highest medal tally at a single Olympic Video games — six medals. Indian athletes can be hoping to interrupt that threshold in Tokyo.

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