Amit Dhankar in focal point as Indian wrestlers make last try to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Amit Dhankar’s final nice efficiency was a silver medal in 74 kg on the 2019 Asian Championship held in Xian, China.

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Sofia: Having the chance to qualify for the Tokyo Video games on the finish of his worldwide profession, veteran wrestler Amit Dhankar would do his greatest when he took the mat with 11 different Indians on the World Olympic Qualifying, beginning Thursday.

Dhankar, 32, is a three-time Commonwealth champion however missed out on huge occasions as he struggled to overhaul Yogeshwar Dutt within the 66kg class for many of his profession.

Her final huge efficiency was a silver medal in 74 kg on the 2019 Asian Championship held in Xian, China.

His hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Video games had been dashed when he misplaced the trials, however since nationwide champion Sandeep Singh Mann turned a cultivator on the Asian qualifiers in Almaty, the nationwide federation has given Dhankar an opportunity to compete in Sofia.

Dhankar was second in follow.

That is the final likelihood for all wrestlers on this planet to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Video games.

At least seven Olympic medalists shall be within the fray in numerous classes throughout this occasion, the place the 2 finalists will qualify for the Video games.

Dhankar would desperately wish to benefit from the chance, however his journey shall be tough because the 74kg group is stuffed with 36 wrestlers, together with Rio Olympic bronze medalist Soner Demirtas of Turkey, world champion Hetik Cabolov of Serbia and European champion Slovakia. Tajmuraz Salkazanov.

African champion of Nigeria, Ogbonna John, Asian champion of Kyrgyzstan Arsalan Budazhapov and European champion of Belarus Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau will add to the problem.

Dhankar is nimble on the mat however his rivals are superior artisanally and that is what’s going to make the distinction.

Different Indian scrum freestyle wrestlers are 2018 CWG champion Sumit Malik (125 kg), who not too long ago married, and Satywart Kadiyan (97 kg).

Malik had an awesome likelihood to qualify from the Almaty occasion however wasted the chance. He’s nonetheless India’s prime prospect on this class and it will not be a shock if Malik sneaks up.

In ladies, Seema Bisla (50 kg) shall be India’s greatest guess.

Since Vinesh Phogat moved to the 53kg class, Seema has proven promise.

Successful a bronze medal on the latest Asian Championship should have boosted her self-confidence.

Nisha (68kg) and Pooja (76kg) have additionally simply began their journey on the senior circuit on the worldwide stage and can solely win by competing.

Pooja does not hand over simply and not too long ago received bronze in each Asian occasions in Almaty.

Among the many Greco-Roman Indian wrestlers, all eyes shall be on Asian champion Gurpreet Singh (77 kg).

Sachin Rana (60 kg), Aashu (67 kg), Sunil (87 kg), Deepanshu (97 kg) and Naveen Kumar (130 kg) full the squad.

Up to now, six Indian wrestlers have certified for the Tokyo Video games. In males’s freestyle, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) made the cup, whereas Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) certified within the feminine class.

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