Tokyo Olympics: India to field largest-ever wrestling contingent with 8 quotas confirmed- Check full list

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Tokyo Olympics: India to field largest-ever wrestling contingent with 8 quotas confirmed- India will field its biggest ever contingent of eight wrestlers at the Tokyo Olympics — four men’s freestyle wrestlers and as many women wrestlers.

Men’s freestyle wrestler Sumit Malik (125kg) and Seema Bisla (50kg, women) earned quotas from this event in Sofia. Meanwhile, Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Maik (62kg) have also qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Before this event, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Deepak Punia (86kg) and Vinesh Phogat (women’s 53kg) had qualified through the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.

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Seema Bisla was the last to qualify for India among wrestlers.

“Many congratulations to wrestler #SeemaBisla as she secures a #Tokyo2020 quota in women’s 50kg at World Olympic Qualifier in Bulgaria. She becomes 4th woman & 8th overall wrestler to qualify. With this India equals its previous best qualification of 8 wrestlers from 2016 Olympics,” SAI said in a tweet post.

Meanwhile, Indian table tennis player Gnanasekaran Sathiyan said that he is hoping to put on a grand show at the Tokyo Olympic Games late this year and is working on different variations.

“We (coach S Raman and himself) are working on bringing more variation and pace to my game. That is one thing I need to work and handle better on the slow and fast balls. We are also trying a lot of variations in the serve and the receiving and bring in more surprise elements there,” he said at a media interaction facilitated by the Sports Authority of India.

As per a report, Indian wrestlers have now matched their overall tally of eight quota spots that was achieved in the build-up to the Rio Olympics.

In the 2016 edition, three Indian women wrestlers had competed.

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