Indian Wrestlers secure eight quota, TOPS put wrestling’s funding on hold Indian Wrestlers secure eight quota, TOPS put wrestling’s funding on hold, India will be eyeing on their shooters to bag more medals this time in Rio Olympics. 12 India shooters have qualified for the Rio which includes nine men and three women. Thus, India will be hoping that their shooters will come back with medals in their hand. Not only shooting, this time, a total of eight wrestlers have qualified for Rio and increased equal chances of bagging a medal.

In all the Summer Olympics events so far, four medals including one silver and three bronze have been bagged by Indian wrestlers In the Helsinki Games, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won the first medal which was a bronze. Wrestler Sushil Kumar won the bronze at 2008 Beijing Games and a silver at the 2012 London Olympics. Also in London, Yogeshwar Dutt picked up a bronze. Indian Wrestlers secure eight quota, TOPS put wrestling’s funding on hold

Five Indian wrestlers went to take part at the London Olympics 2012 in the United Kingdom. This time, eight wrestlers will be flying to Rio de Janeiro – the most for India in the sport at any Olympics. Since a qualification quota is awarded to the country and not the wrestler, India has eight quotas. The winners of these quotas are – Sandeep Tomar in 57kg men’s freestyle, Yogeshwar Dutt in 65kg freestyle, Narsingh Yadav in 74kg freestyle, Vinesh Phogat in 48kg women’s, Babita Kumari in 53kg women’s, Sakshi Malik in 58kg women’s, Hardeep in 98kg Greco-Roman and Ravinder Khatri in 85kg Greco-Roman.

It is confirmed that seven wrestlers will be participating in the Rio. An apple of discord remains in 74 kg category, on which there is turf between Narsingh Yadav and Sushil Kumar. Narsingh won a bronze at the World Championship 2015 and secure a quota for India in 74 kg. But Sushil Kumar moved to Delhi High Court seeking their intervention in the matter. Though, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has cleared the way for Narsingh saying that he is the best wrestler in 74 kg to represent India.

Sushil, a two-time Olympic medallist has the experience of winning two medals at the grandest sporting stage but Narsingh has come into the picture fairly and squarely.  Since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sushil hasn’t participated in any competition since the 2014 which will work against him.

A big to celebrate for India is that the first time three female players will be representing the country at the extravaganza. In London, Geeta Phogat who was Vinesh’s older sister had secured a quota in the 55kg category only to go down in the first round and later in the repechage.

Vinesh, at just 21, has gone through a strenuous journey. She failed to qualify for the first qualifying event in Astana. The second time too, she was disqualified after being over-weight by 400 grams at the first Olympic qualifier in Mongolia. At last, she was able to qualify in Istanbul. This suggests that Vinesh is ready for the challenge of Olympics. The world watching will be watching her and the expectations will be very high. She will need to deliver just at the right time as she had shown previously.

TOPS put wrestling funds on hold

Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) sub-committee has stopped wrestler’s funding until the court does not give its verdict on the court case between Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav. Under the existing norms, all athletes who have qualified for the Rio Olympics are entitled to funds under the TOPS. The committee is waiting for the verdict since it thought that if the judgement goes in favour of Sushil Kumar then other wrestlers too might raise the demand for fresh trials. So, in this situation, the final team squad flying to Rio will be decided at a later date.

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