Former Asian champion Amit Dhankar (74kg) on Thursday changed nationwide gold-medallist Sandeep Mann within the Indian wrestling group for the upcoming World Olympic Qualifying Match, signalling the tip of the highway for veteran Sushil Kumar. The match, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from Could 6-9, would be the final qualifying occasion earlier than the Tokyo Video games. One of many nation’s most achieved athletes, Sushil gained a silver within the 2012 London Olympics, 4 years after a bronze in Beijing. After not being thought of for choice, the 37-year-old Sushil informed PTI, “To remain alive is extra essential at this stage. I’ve not spoken to WFI as but, will communicate to them.”
The group was picked by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) after a gathering of its choice committee, the federation mentioned in a press launch signed by its assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.
In addition to Dhankar, the others within the freestyle group included Satyavrat Kadian (97kg) and Sumit (125kg).
“In freestyle, the committee has made substitute in 74 kg. Sandeep Mann, chosen for Asian Qualifier and Asian Championship, did not produce passable efficiency. Therefore, the committee determined to present likelihood to Amit Dhankar who secured second place within the choice trials held on March 16,” the WFI mentioned within the launch.
The Greco-roman group comprised Sachin Rana (60kg), Aashu (67kg), Gurpreet Singh (77 kg), Sunil (87 kg), Deepanshu (97 kg) and Naveen Kumar (130 kg).
“In Greco-roman fashion, the committee made replacements in 60 Kg. and 97 Kg. The wrestlers chosen in these weight classes — Gyanendra and Ravi respectively gave poor efficiency in each competitions (Asian qualifier and Asian championship).
“Therefore, the committee gave likelihood to Sachin Rana and Deepanshu who secured 2nd positions within the choice trials. Seema (50kg), Nisha (68kg) and Pooja (76kg) shaped the Indian girls’s group.
“The committee did not really feel it acceptable to make any substitute in these weight classes as all these wrestlers secured medals both in Qualifying competitors or Asian championship.”