Indian wrestlers gain two more Rio Olympics spots

India’s Ravinder Khatri (85 kg Greco-Roman) and Babita Kumari (53 kg women) have gained qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics after United World Wrestling, the world governing body, redistributed Olympic quotas.

In women’s wrestling a positive doping result for Sumiya Erdenechimeg of Mongolia at the same event has helped Babita Kumari’s cause.   -  PTI

India’s Ravinder Khatri (85 kg Greco-Roman) and Babita Kumari (53 kg women) have gained qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics after United World Wrestling, the world governing body, redistributed Olympic quotas.

The changes come in response to recent doping violations for small concentrations of Meldonium at the Asian Olympic Qualification tournament in Kazakhstan.

According to UWW’s Anti-Doping Rules and the last instruction issued by WADA, the competitive results of athletes sanctioned for doping violations will be wiped from their respective tournaments.

“In Greco-Roman, a positive doping result for Zhanarbek Kenzheev at the Asian Olympic qualifier shifted an 85kg Olympic license from Kyrgyzstan to India (via Ravinder Khatri),” said a UWW statement.

“In women’s wrestling a positive doping result for Sumiya Erdenechimeg at the Asian Olympic qualifier shifted a 53kg Olympic license from Mongolia to India (via Babita Kumari).”

These two quota places have taken India’s overall representation in the Rio Olympics to eight. This will be the biggest ever wrestling squad from the country in the mega event.

In Greco-Roman a positive doping result for Zhanarbek Kenzheev of Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Olympic Qualifier has opened the door for Khatri, who had crashed out in the pre-quaterfinals.

In women’s wrestling a positive doping result for Sumiya Erdenechimeg of Mongolia at the same event has helped Babita’s cause.