Paris Olympics 2024: Big expectations from Aman Sehrawat in the final Olympic qualifying competition

Talented Aman Sehrawat and experienced Deepak Punia will look to clinch a quota in the men’s freestyle category for the Paris Olympics at the final World Wrestling Qualifiers starting in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. This will be the last chance for wrestlers to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

World Under-23 champion Aman was expected to qualify for the Olympics at the World Championships or the Asian Qualifiers in Bishkek but failed on both occasions. While Aman (57 kg) had to face a tough challenge from Gulomjon Abdullaev in Bishkek, World Championship silver medalist Deepak (86 kg) and Sujit Kalkal (65 kg) both could not reach Bishkek on time due to being stuck in Dubai. .

Now it has become a do or die situation for Indian wrestlers in Istanbul. Here both the players who reach the final in each category will get quota. The third quota will be given to the player who wins the bronze medal match. This four-day tournament will start with Greco-Roman style. After this there will be women’s and freestyle competitions.

No male wrestler from India has made it to the Paris Olympics yet and if he fails to get the quota here too, it will be a huge blow to Indian wrestling, which has been struggling for some time, former President of the Indian Wrestling Federation, Brij Bhushan Sharan. She has been in the news due to the protests by wrestlers against Singh. Due to the protests, Indian wrestlers were unable to participate in national camps and competitions, which affected their preparations. However, India has high expectations from Aman and Deepak.

Praveen Dahiya, who was Aman’s coach, said that if the match drags on for a long time, Aman can defeat any wrestler. He was really disappointed by what happened in Bishkek. The national camp has not been organized for some time now, which has affected the preparations. Apart from this, the change in the coaching staff has also had an impact. If Aman is unable to achieve the quota, it will mean that Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Ravi Dahiya will not get a chance to compete in Paris.

If Aman achieves the quota, the national federation will decide through the final trials which player will represent India in the Olympic Games starting from July 26. Jaideep (74 kg), Deepak (97 kg) and Sumit Malik (125 kg) will also have the last chance to get a quota in men’s free style.

India has so far secured four quotas for the Paris Olympics. She has achieved all these in the women’s category and the best performance is expected from Mansi Ahlawat (62 kg) and Nisha Dahiya (68 kg). If India gets the quota in Greco-Roman, it will be like a bonus for it.

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