U-17, U-23 Asian C’ships wrestling selection trials held under ad hoc committee receive record entries

The selection trials to pick the Indian team for the upcoming U-23 and U-17 Asian Championship witnessed tremendous response with the IOA-constituted ad hoc committee managing the sport receiving record 1700 entries.

Published : May 17, 2023 16:06 IST , KOLKATA - 2 MINS READ

Representative Image: The IOA-appointed ad hoc committee is conducting open selection trials in Sonepat for the upcoming Asian U-23 and U-17 wrestling championships.
Representative Image: The IOA-appointed ad hoc committee is conducting open selection trials in Sonepat for the upcoming Asian U-23 and U-17 wrestling championships. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES
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Representative Image: The IOA-appointed ad hoc committee is conducting open selection trials in Sonepat for the upcoming Asian U-23 and U-17 wrestling championships. | Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA)-appointed ad hoc committee on Wednesday began the four-day selection trials to pick wrestlers for the Asian under-23 and under-17 wrestling championships.

After India missed the May 15 deadline for sending the entries for the continental event to be held in Bishkek from June 10 to 18, United World Wrestling extended it to May 22.

Since the National championships for the two age groups could not be held owing to the situation arising out of the wrestlers’ protest, the ad-hoc committee – which has Wushu Federation of India president Bhupender Singh Bajwa and shooter Suma Shirur as its members and has the mandate to run Wrestling Federation of India’s day-to-day affairs until its elections – decided to conduct open trials.

Altogether 1704 wrestlers, including 883 in freestyle, 427 in Greco Roman and 394 in women, have registered for the trials.

A total of 170 wrestlers participated in the freestyle trials at Sonepat, whereas 94 in Greco Roman and 89 in women competed at Patiala on day one.

Bajwa, freestyle chief coach Jagmander Singh and Arjuna awardee wrestler Ramesh Kumar Gulia are the members of the selection committee for freestyle trials, held at Sonepat.

Suma, Dronacharya awardee Maha Singh Rao and Arjuna award winning wrestlers Alka Tomar and Neha Rathi are members of the selection committee for Greco Roman and women trials at Patiala.

The selected wrestlers:

U-17: Freestyle: Rupesh (48kg), Tushar (60kg), Narender (71kg); Greco Roman: Siddhanath (48kg), Varun (60kg), Soham Raj (71kg); Women: Parveen (43kg), Rajnita (53kg), Savita (61kg).

U-23: Freestyle: Sahil (97kg), Akash Antil (125kg); Greco Roman: Rohit Dahiya (82kg), Parvesh (130kg); Women: Anjali (59kg), Harshita (76kg).

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