Dhankar in focus as Indian wrestlers make last attempt to qualify for Olympics

Sofia (Bulgaria)Handed a possibility to qualify for the Tokyo Games on the fag finish of his worldwide career, veteran wrestler Amit Dhankar would go all out when he takes the mat together with 11 different Indians on the World Olympic Qualifiers, beginning on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Dhankar is a three-time Commonwealth champion however he missed the big-ticket occasions as a result of he struggled to go previous Yogeshwar Dutt in 66kg class for most of his career.

His last huge efficiency was a silver-medal present in 74kg on the 2019 Asian Championship held in Xian, China.

His hopes to make the lower for the Tokyo Games have been dashed when he lost the trials however since nationwide champion Sandeep Singh Mann got here a cropper on the Asian Qualifiers in Almaty, the nationwide federation gave Dhankar an opportunity to compete in Sofia.

Dhankar had completed second in the trials.

It is the last likelihood for all of the wrestlers in the world to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Games.

As many as seven Olympic medallists will likely be in the fray in totally different classes at this occasion, the place the 2 finalists will make the lower for the Games.

Dhankar could be determined to make the a lot of the likelihood however his journey will likely be onerous as the 74-kg bracket is filled with 36-wrestler, together with Rio Olympics bronze medallist Soner Demirtas from Turkey, world champion Hetik Cabolov from Serbia and Slovakia’s European champion Tajmuraz Salkazanov.

Adding to the problem will likely 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 however his rivals are superior by craft and that’s what goes to make a distinction.

The different free type Indians wresters in fray are 2018 CWG champion Sumit Malik (125kg), who lately obtained married, and Satywart Kadiyan (97kg).

Malik had a terrific likelihood to qualify from the Almaty occasion however squandered the chance. He nonetheless is India’s greatest hope in this class and it will not be a shock if Malik sneaks by means of.

In the ladies’s competitors, Seema Bisla (50kg) will likely be India’s greatest guess.

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

Winning a bronze medal on the current Asian Championship should have boosted her confidence.

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

Pooja doesn’t quit simply and had received bronze at each Asian occasions in Almaty lately.

Among India’s Greco Roman wrestlers, all eyes will likely 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 staff.

Six Indian wrestlers have to date certified for the Tokyo Games. In males’s free type, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) made the lower, whereas Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) certified in ladies’s class. PTI AT AT ATK ATK

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