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No trials for Indian wrestlers - WFI to send all quota winners directly to Paris 2024 Olympics

Published at :May 21, 2024 at 6:25 PM
Modified at :May 21, 2024 at 7:55 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

India has secured six quotas for Paris Olympics.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided not to conduct trials for the selection of the Paris-going wrestling contingent for the upcoming Olympics.

As per the Tribune, earlier the likes of Aman Sehrawat, Anshu Malik, and Nisha Dahiya wrote to WFI expressing their concern about the risk of sustaining injuries in the trials a couple of months before the sporting mega fest. They urged the Wrestling Federation of India to avoid holding any trials.

WFI earlier decided to conduct the trials despite requests and injury concerns raised by Indian wrestlers. Regarding the same issue, Vinesh Phogat earlier also took to social media and requested the sports ministry and the national federation to announce the dates, format, and venue for the trials.

However, an official announcement has been made by Chief Sanjay Singh. The WFI Chief said on Tuesday, “Athletes who secured quotas in specific categories will represent India in those same categories at the Olympics.”

A total of six grapplers earned the Olympic quota. Aman Sehrawat (57kg) will be India’s only male representative in the Paris Games, as all other male grapplers, in freestyle or Greco-Roman, failed to secure a quote.

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Meanwhile, female Indian wrestlers have secured other five Quotas. Antim Panghal (53kg) secured India’s first quota at the 2023 World Wrestling Championships. Vinesh Phogat (50kg), Anshu Malik (57kg), and Reetika Hooda (76kg) secured a spot in the Paris-going contingent at the Asian Qualifiers while Nisha Dahiya (68kg) qualified through world qualifiers.

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