Sakshi, Bajrang to lead India in Asian C’ship

Three hundred wrestlers from 23 countries will participate in the Asian Wrestling Championship to be held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi from May 10 to May 14.

Sakshi Malik defeated Manju 10-0 in the trial and won by technical knockout.   -  PTI

Live action will be back on Doordarshan for the Asian Wrestling Championship to be staged at the K.D. Jadhav arena of the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here from May 10 to May 14.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh said that about 300 wrestlers from 23 countries were expected to compete for 24 gold medals in freestyle, Greco Roman and women’s wrestling events. There will be 96 medals on offer, including 48 bronze.

For the host, Sakshi Malik, the bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics, is expected to be the star attraction. She had to gain entry by winning the trials. With some of the leading wrestlers not scheduled to compete, it will be interesting to see whether India improves on its last year record of a gold, three silver and five bronze medals when the event was held in Thailand. Sandeep Tomar had won the lone gold for India then, in the 57 kg class in men’s freestyle.

Ritu Phogat and Vinesh Phogat are scheduled to compete, while the event will be missed by Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.

Some of the best wrestlers are scheduled to compete from Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Korea, China and Mongolia, making it a lively competition. Bouts will be held in the morning and the finals are scheduled to be fought in the evening, from 6 p.m.

Entry will be free for the public, but entry tickets need to be collected from the office of WFI at 21 Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110 001.

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