The countdown to the Tokyo Olympics has begun. The big-ticket event was originally scheduled to be held last year, but the Covid19 pandemic caused the delay, causing the athletes to face uncertainty and testing their condition and health for another year.
The Olympics program will start this month. Taking into account the Covid 19 pandemic, preparations are in full swing, and the entire participating country teams remain vigilant, bringing their A games and increasing the number of medals in their respective countries. . Speaking of the Indian team, there are several promising names promoting themselves and bringing glory to the country.
A seven-man wrestling team will represent India in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and some of them are seen as great prospects for medals. According to records, they have won at least one medal in each of the past three major events.
Can they maintain a winning streak? So far, wrestling has won five medals for India in the Olympics, ranking second in all events (after hockey) and highest in individual events. The legendary athlete KD Jadhav won India’s first wrestling medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. However, since then, people have been waiting for a long time. Sushil Kumar eventually won the bronze medal in the men’s 66 kg freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, ending the drought.
When it comes to Indian wrestling, the London 2012 Olympics is the best competition, with India on the podium twice. Sushil Kumar broke his Olympic record with a silver medal, and Yogeshwar Dutt won the silver medal in the men’s 60kg freestyle.
At the Rio Olympics, Sakshi Malik made history and became the first Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal. She won the bronze medal in the rematch in the 58kg women’s freestyle event. A strong team of seven will take part in the Olympics next month in Tokyo, some of which are considered the top medal prospects. The
Indian team undoubtedly has high hopes, including badminton, archery, tennis, boxing, wrestling, and other teams.
Here is the list of Indian Wrestlers To Play In Olympics 2021
1) Bajrang Punia:
One of the most experienced fighters, Bajrang will represent India in the men’s 65 kg freestyle event. Bajrang grabbed three medals for India at the World Wrestling Championships and this will be his best chance to win the Olympic medals. The winner of Arjuna will lead the Indian wrestling team.
2) Vinesh Phogat:
Vinesh is the first Indian wrestler to win a seat at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She defeated the world number one Sarah Ann Hildebrandt (won 82 games). Vinesh is the first Indian wrestler to win gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. She will participate in the women’s 53 kg freestyle competition.
3) Anshu Phogat:
In April 2021, Anshu Malik became the fifth Indian wrestler (second female) to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after the Asian Wrestling Qualification Final. Earlier this week, Anshu was nominated for the Arjuna Award. The teenager feels like it comes from a family of wrestlers like Vinesh and will be seen as participating in a 57kg competition.
4) Sonam Malik:
Another 19-year-old sensation, Sonam, as one of the prospects of the Indian team’s medal in the wrestling match, will have nothing to lose, and everything. From a small town in Medina, Sonam will compete in the 62 kg category. When faced with some big names on the mat, her enthusiasm for more and nonchalance undoubtedly made her a formidable force in the big-ticket incident.
5) Deepak Punia:
Deepak will participate in the 85 kg freestyle event at the Tokyo Olympics. The Wrestling Federation of India also nominated the Deepak World Championship Medalist for the Arjuna Award. Some of his major achievements include the bronze medal at the 2020 New Delhi Asian Championships, the silver medal at the 2019 Nur Sultan World Championships, the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships, and the 86 kg gold medal at the Tbilisi World Junior 2016. Championships.
6) Ravi Kumar Dahiya:
Ravi, 23, started wrestling at the age of 10. He booked a place for the Olympics at the World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in 2019. Some of his achievements in the Youth stage include winning silver medals at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships and the 2018 U-23 World Championships. He will compete in the 57 kg class.
7) Seema Bisla:
Seema is the fourth Indian fighter to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, with a total score of the eighth. He won a seat in the 50kg world Olympic qualifying final in Bulgaria in May. Seema, the bronze medal winner of the Asian Wrestling Championships, is one of the most experienced activists. She is eager to go all out in the Tokyo Olympics for ultimate glory.“