Indian wrestlers train in Budapest ahead of World Championships

The World Wrestling Chmapionships begin on October 20 and the Indian wrestlers have been training in Budapest.

Bajrang Punia and other Indian wrestlers have been training in Budapest ahead of the World Wrestling Championships commencing on October 20.   -  Special Arrangement

A 30-member team, led by Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia will represent India at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary from October 20 to 28. And the Indian wrestlers landed have been training in Budapest over the past week.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has selected 10 members each in freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling categories.

Bajrang Punia (65kg) has been seeded third in the freestyle category. He's the only Indian to achieve the seeding which was introduced by international body for the first time. 

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India will look forward to some strong performances from Sakshi (62kg) and Pooja Dhanda (57kg), spearheading India’s campaign in women wrestling. Ritu Phogat is the only Phogat sister to feature in the squad as Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat was ruled out because of an elbow injury during the trials.

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The squads:


Freestyle: Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Sonba Tanaji Gongane (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Pankaj Rana (70kg), Jitender (74kg), Sachin Rathi (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Deepak (92kg) Mausam Khatri (97kg), Sumit (125kg), Jagminder Singh (Chief Coach).


Women’s: Ritu Phogat (50kg), Pinki (53kg), Seema (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Sangeeta (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Ritu (65kg), Navjot Kaur (68kg), Rajini (72kg), Kiran (76kg), Kuldeep Malik (Chief Coach).


Greco Roman: Vijay (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Gaurav Sharma (63kg), Manish (67kg), Kuldeep Malik (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Manjeet (82kg), Harpreet Singh (87kg), Hardeep (97kg), Naveen (130kg), Kuldeep Singh (Chief Coach). 

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