All 24 Indian wrestlers which include the star performers like Ravi Kumar, Deepak Punia is all set to represent India in the upcoming Wrestling World Cup scheduled in Belgrade, Serbia from December 12-18th 2020. It will also mark the resumption of International Wrestling competitions which has halted from march 2020 onwards due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The participation in the tournament has been sanctioned by the government at an overall cost of more than Rs 90 Lakhs which will include air tickets, boarding and lodging, visa fees and out of pocket allowance for coaches, players and referees. Here is the list of Wrestlers who will participate in the upcoming tournament.
Men’s Freestyle: Ravi Kumar(57 kg), Rahul Aware(61 kg), Naveen(70 kg), Gourav Baliyan(79 kg), Deepak Punia(86 kg), Satyavart Kadiyan(97 kg), Sumit(125 Kg).
Men’s Greco-Roman: Arjun Halakurki(55 kg), Gyanender(60 kg), Sachin Rana(63 kg), Ashu(67 kg), Aditya Kundu(72 kg), Sajan(77 kg), Sunil Kumar(87 kg), Hardeep(97 kg) , Naveen(130 kg).
Women’s: Nirmala Devi(50 kg), Pinki(55 kg), Anshu(57 kg), Sarita(59 kg), Sonam(62 kg), Sakshi Malik(65 kg), Gursharan Preet Kaur(72 kg), Kiran(76 kg).
Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Ravi Kumar and Deepak Punia are the four wrestlers who have booked their spot for upcoming Olympics and the contention remains for the remaining spots where the remaining wrestlers will get two opportunities to book their berth for Olympics provided they perform exceptionally well either in Asian qualification tournament scheduled in March 2021 or World qualification tournament aligned for April 29th to May 2nd 2021.
Indian Wrestling has grown from strength to strength in last few years and also the credit should be given to Wrestling Federation of India for providing proper infrastructure to all the players so that they can learn the nuances of Wrestling to a great extent and bring laurels for the country in years to come.