4 Indian wrestlers — Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia — have booked their spots for the Tokyo Video games, that are as a consequence of open on July 23 after being postponed for a yr due to the coronavirus.
The Indian wrestling contingent have been hit with a doping scandal forward of the 2016 Rio Video games, which resulted in freestyle medal contender Narsingh Pancham Yadav being disqualified simply days earlier than his scheduled opening bout.
“Final time additionally I had anticipated three medals, however because of the controversies and Vinesh getting injured it was our unhealthy luck (that we did not),” Brij Bhushan advised ANI on the sidelines of the sixty fifth nationwide freestyle senior wrestling championship.
“However this yr I’m very hopeful and assured that our athletes will certainly get 4 medals.”
Sakshi Malik, who clinched bronze for India’s solely wrestling medal on the Rio Video games, is but to safe a Tokyo qualification spot.
She might be joined by two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, Sonam Malik and Pooja Dhanda on the World Olympic qualifiers, beginning on April. 29.
Indian wrestlers completed with only one medal on the particular person World Cup occasion in Serbia final month, and Brij Bhushan stated it was right down to lack of competitors amid the pandemic.
“I realised that as a consequence of no competitions our gamers have been struggling and that impacted efficiency,” he stated.
“We used to organise Greco-Roman, males’s freestyle and girls’s freestyle collectively however this time as a consequence of COVID-19 and preserving in thoughts the social distancing (protocols) and hygiene we’ve got segregated this event in three completely different elements.”