Sofia (Bulgaria)Handed a chance to qualify for the Tokyo Video games on the fag end of his worldwide profession, veteran wrestler Amit Dhankar would go all out when he takes the mat along with 11 totally different Indians on the World Olympic Qualifiers, starting on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Dhankar is a three-time Commonwealth champion nevertheless he missed the big-ticket events because of he struggled to go earlier Yogeshwar Dutt in 66kg class for many of his profession.
His final big effectivity was a silver-medal current in 74kg on the 2019 Asian Championship held in Xian, China.
His hopes to make the decrease for the Tokyo Video games have been dashed when he misplaced the trials nevertheless since nationwide champion Sandeep Singh Mann received right here a cropper on the Asian Qualifiers in Almaty, the nationwide federation gave Dhankar a possibility to compete in Sofia.
Dhankar had accomplished second within the trials.
It’s the final chance for the entire wrestlers on the planet to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Video games.
As many as seven Olympic medallists will probably be within the fray in completely totally different lessons at this event, the place the two finalists will make the decrease for the Video games.
Dhankar may very well be decided to make the quite a lot of the chance nevertheless his journey will probably be onerous because the 74-kg bracket is stuffed with 36-wrestler, along with Rio Olympics bronze medallist Soner Demirtas from Turkey, world champion Hetik Cabolov from Serbia and Slovakia’s European champion Tajmuraz Salkazanov.
Including to the issue will probably be African champion from Nigeria, Ogbonna John, Asian champion from Kyrgyzstan Arsalan Budazhapov and the European champion from Belarus Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau.
Dhankar is agile on the mat nevertheless his rivals are superior by craft and that’s what goes to make a distinction.
The totally different free kind Indians wresters in fray are 2018 CWG champion Sumit Malik (125kg), who these days obtained married, and Satywart Kadiyan (97kg).
Malik had a terrific chance to qualify from the Almaty event nevertheless squandered the possibility. He nonetheless is India’s best hope on this class and it’ll not be a shock if Malik sneaks by way of.
Within the girls’s opponents, Seema Bisla (50kg) will probably be India’s best guess.
Ever since Vinesh Phogat moved to the 53kg class, Seema has confirmed promise.
Successful a bronze medal on the present Asian Championship ought to have boosted her confidence.
Nisha (68kg) and Pooja (76kg) have moreover merely started their journey on the senior circuit at worldwide diploma and may solely obtain by competing.
Pooja doesn’t give up merely and had obtained bronze at every Asian events in Almaty these days.
Amongst India’s Greco Roman wrestlers, all eyes will probably be on hard-working Asian champion Gurpreet Singh (77 kg).
Sachin Rana (60kg), Aashu (67kg), Sunil (87 kg), Deepanshu (97 kg) and Naveen Kumar (130 kg) full the employees.
Six Indian wrestlers need to date licensed for the Tokyo Video games. In males’s free kind, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) made the decrease, whereas Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) licensed in girls’s class. PTI AT AT ATK ATK