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Report: Ravi Dahiya to return into competitive wrestling from knee injury at Grand Prix De France

Published at :January 18, 2024 at 12:47 AM
Modified at :January 18, 2024 at 5:52 PM
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Ajay Gandhar

The Olympic medallist missed the Asian Games due to injury.

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, Ravi Dahiya, is set to make a comeback in Wrestling from a knee injury at the Grand Prix De France starting this Saturday. Dahiya had been out of action last year due to ACL and MCL injuries on his right knee, which he suffered during a sparring session in February.

Despite attempts to return to the mat after rehabilitation, Dahiya was unable to recover fully and lost the Asian Games trials in July. His condition worsened, leading to surgery in Mumbai in July, causing him to miss the Asian Games and the World Championships, which also served as qualifiers for the Paris Olympics.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Dahiya is currently training in Michigan, US, alongside Deepak Punia and a sparring partner. From there, he will travel to France for the competition. He will be competing in the 61kg category in this tournament. Once his performance in a competition is assessed, he will reduce weight and return to the Olympic weight category — 57kg,” said the report from the National Daily.

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Dahiya is also eager to compete in the Senior National Championships scheduled to be held in Jaipur from February 2-5,” according to the report. “This year will be crucial with the Asian Olympic Qualifier in Kyrgyzstan from April 19-21 and the World Olympic Qualifiers in Turkey from May 9-12, where Olympic berths will be at stake.

In the 57kg category, Dahiya will face competition from the young Aman Sehrawat, who has shown promise and recently won the ranking series in Zagreb.

Ravi Dahiya has been a promising wrestler with the silver medal in the 57 kg freestyle category at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He also won bronze at the 2019 World Championships and gold at the 2020 and 2021 Asian Championships. He started wrestling as a teenager and overcame an injury in 2017 to make a remarkable comeback. He is one of India’s most promising athletes and a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme

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