Young India will try to leave behind all the politics related to their trip to the U23 World Wrestling Championship, which is being held in Belgrade. The focus will be to silence everyone, including the government, which doubted their wrestling power.
India has never won more than three medals at the age group level since the start of the 2017 competition. From the ’17 series of medal winners, only Divya Karkan managed to rise in the rank. She won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth and Asian Games and is a two-time Asian champion.
The young man is part of the women’s wrestling team for the U23 World Championships. However, the concern for her and the rest of the team will be the lack of preparation.
However, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is optimistic that the current group will draw inspiration from the Tokyo Olympics and perform at the Cadet and Junior World Championships, where India had an unforgettable trip.
New team with some celebrities for the U23 World Wrestling Championships
Out of 30 wrestlers (10 each in Greco-Roman, freestyle and women’s wrestling), six wrestlers found their way to the senior side. The WFI selected gold medals from the U23 national championships held in Ameti in September.
While Sunil Kumar, Ashu and Sajan were regular in the Greco-Roman team, Divya and Nisha are among the best in their weight categories.
Sandeep Singh is the last to break into the senior team. He won the Olympic qualifiers in the 74kg category, but failed to reserve a place. The wrestler from Punjab then moved on to 86kg, where he competed at the recent World Championships in Oslo, Norway.
However, there are also those who have not boasted of great domestic or international records in the last three years. This has also become the subject of a dispute for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to exclude six wrestlers from their state benefit for the U23 World Wrestling Championships.
The SAI also suggested that the Wrestling Federation of India also include coaches from academies that produce a larger number of contingent members.
Lack of training for the U23 World Wrestling Championships
One factor that could hurt the Indian team is that their preparation for the World Cup was not ideal. The state championship in Ameti was the first competition in so many months for the team and there was no national camp before the U23 World Wrestling Championship. The WFI has asked wrestlers to continue training at their wrestling academies.
U23 national team for the World Wrestling Championship
free style: Saurabh, Suraj Rajkumar Kokate, Parvinder, Naveen, Parveen Malik, Vicky, Sandeep Singh, Gurdeshwar Singh, Sahil and Mohit.
Greco-Roman: Arsad, Vikas, Neeraj, Ashu, Vikas, Sajan, Rohit Dahiya, Sunil Kumar, Deepanshu, Aryan Panwar.
women: Shivani Pawar, Ankush, Anju, Kitika, Pushapa, Radhika, Nisha, Monika, Divya Kakran, Bipasha
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