Paris Olympics 2024: Indian wrestlers face the challenge of securing Olympic quota, eyes on Vinesh Phogat

When 17 Indian wrestlers challenge for the Paris Games quota through the Asia Olympic Qualifiers starting from Friday, most eyes will be on two-time Olympian Vinesh Phogat. A total of 36 quota places will be at stake in this competition in Freestyle, Women’s and Greco-Roman.

Indian wrestlers will try to achieve quotas in all weight categories except one event. Nineteen-year-old finalist Panghal has already secured a quota place for India in the women’s 53kg by winning a bronze medal at the 2023 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. In the women’s category, it is now time for Vinesh (50 kg), Ritika Hooda (76 kg), current U-23 world champion Anshu (57 kg), Mansi (62 kg) and Nisha (68 kg) to give their best performance. Is.

The performance of Vinesh, who was the main face of the protest by Indian wrestlers against former Indian Wrestling Federation President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, will be closely watched. The 29-year-old player, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons for some time, had won the national selection trials in 50 kg in March. She also competed in the 53 kg category in the selection trials held in Patiala after getting permission from the authorities, but she lost in the semi-finals.

Vinesh had also alleged that her personal coach and physio did not get accreditation for the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament. She will be desperate to leave these controversies behind and perform well. In the men’s freestyle category, Aman Sehrawat (57kg) made headlines after ousting Tokyo Olympic medalist Ravi Dahiya to book his place at the national trials. He is also in good form. He won the gold medal at the Zagreb Open in January this year.

Apart from him, Sujeet will also be under watch as he is leading the challenge in the 65kg category after the failure of Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang Punia. Deepak Punia (86 kg), who missed a medal in Tokyo, is a strong contender to secure the quota here, while Jaideep (74 kg), Deepak (97 kg) and Sumit (125 kg) also showed their best performance and secured the quota for India. Will leave no stone unturned to achieve. There will be no competition for gold medal, repechage or bronze medal in the continental qualifiers.

The winners of both semi-finals in each Olympic weight category will earn quotas for their countries for the Paris Games. In Greco-Roman, Sumit (60 kg), Ashu (67 kg), Vikas (77 kg), Sunil (87 kg), Nitesh (97 kg) and Naveen (130 kg) will be responsible for securing the quota for the country.

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