Wrestler Bajrang Punia qualifies for World Championships

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New Delhi: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia booked his place in the squad for the wrestling World Championships.  Bajrang outclassed national champion Harphul Singh 7-0 at Indira Gandhi Stadum’s KD Jadhav Wrestling Hall on Friday.

Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) underscored their worth by securing places in the Indian side for the World wrestling championships in Kazakhstan in September.

At the selection trials for five of the six men’s freestyle Olympic weight categories held in Delhi on Friday, Dahiya and Punia prevailed over their opponents to stay in the race for berths in the Tokyo Games.

Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sumit Malik (125kg) too got selected for the World championships.

However, controversies enveloped the trials as Sharvan Tomar, a former junior Asian champion in 57kg category, alleged the Wrestling Federation of India stopped him from participating in the trials where he intended to challenge Bajrang.

Selection trials for 74kg and the remaining four non-Olympic weights – 61kg, 70kg, 79kg and 92kg – will be held in the second week of August.

The championship will serve as the first Olympic qualifying event.

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