Wrestling

Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat have earned their right to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics   -  PTI

192 men and 96 women can qualify for the Games. A total of 18 places (12 men, 6 women) is allocated per NOC.

Qualification process

1. 108 places are up for grabs at the 2019 Senior World Championships. The first six highest placed athletes in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories can win one quota place for their NOC.

2. 144 quota places (36 America, 36 Asia, 36 Europe, 36 Oceania/Africa) are available for both men and women at the Continental qualification tournaments. The two highest placed athletes at each Continental tournament in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories can win one quota place for their NOC.

3. 36 quota places are up for grabs at the World qualification tournament. Two highest placed athletes in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories can win one quota place for their NOC.

India Watch:

Seven Indians have qualified for the Tokyo Games

MEN:

Bajrang Punia (65kg)

Bajrang Punia lost his semifinal bout against local favourite Daulet Niyazbekov under controversial circumstances but secured his place in the Tokyo Olympics at the World Wrestling Championships in Nur Sultan in 2019. Punia eventually won bronze, his second across editions in this competition.

Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg)

Ravi Dahiya, who felled a few stars on his way to the semifinal, lost his bout 4-6 to reigning world champion Zaur Uguev from Russia, settling for bronze at the 2019 World Championships. However, it was enough to secure a spot for him in the Olympic contingent. That he beat Armenian Arsen Harutunyan, the 61kg European champion and 2017 world champion and world number three Yuki Takahashi of Japan along the way were encouraging signs.

Deepak Punia’s (86kg)

Deepak Punia qualified for the Summer Olympics when he moved into the 86kg semifinal at the World Wrestling Championship in Nur Sultan in 2019. He locked his quota after beating Colombia's Carlos Arturo Mendez 7-6 in a tense quarterfinal in what was his maiden world championship stint. He eventually finished with a silver medal at the event.

WOMEN:

Vinesh Phogat (53kg)

Vinesh Phogat, competing in the 53 kg category, qualified for the 2020 Olympics after defeating World No. 1 Sarah Hildebrandt in the World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in September 2019. Her 8-2 win in the second repechage round secured her spot at the Tokyo Games, making her the first Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Games. This is her second Olympic stint after a disappointing run at the Rio Games in 2016.

Anshu Malik (57kg)

The 19-year-old wrestler clinched her spot in India's Tokyo contingent when she won silver in the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Almaty, Kazakhstan in April this year. She also went on to win gold in the Asian Championships in the same city. She beat Olympian Jieun Um of South Korea 10-0 and Emma Tissina of Kazakhstan 10-0 in her Group A matches and Shokhida Akhmedova of Uzbekistan 12-2 in the semifinal to make the cut before falling to Khongorzul Boldsaikhan of Mongolia 7-4 in the title clash to take the silver.

Sonam Mallik (62kg)

Sonam Malik became the youngest Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics when she rallied from 6-0 down to beat World championships bronze medallist Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan 9-6 to make the final in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Almaty. Having picked up an injury during the semifinals, the 19-year-old did not fight the final against Jia and settled for the silver medal.

Seema Bisla (50kg)

Seema Bisla secured a Tokyo 2020 berth in the 50kg category after making the finals of the World Olympic Qualifier in Bulgaria in May. She eventually secured gold in the event without getting on the mat after her rival from Ecuador, Lucia Yamileth Yepez Guzman withdrew from the final due to an injury. Bisla had become the eighth Indian wrestler to qualify for the games, but that number has since come down to seven after Sumit Malik was banned on doping charges thereby leading to a forfeit of his quota.

DISQUALIFIED: Sumit Malik rode on his power to book a 125kg freestyle berth in the Tokyo Olympics on the opening day of the World Olympic Games wrestling qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria in May this year. However, the wrestler tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine (MHA) and was provisionally suspended for the doping violation in June. On July 2nd, Malik was handed a two-year ban by the United World Wrestling (UWW) after his B sample also returned positive for a prohibited stimulant. (More)

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