NEW DELHI: Star Indian Greco Roman wrestler Gurpreet Singh is equipped for the World Olympic qualifiers, beginning on Thursday in Sofia.
The World qualification event, to be held from Might 6 to 9, gives two Olympics berths in every of the 18 weight classes.
India has gained six Olympic quota locations in freestyle thus far, however is but to make the lower within the Greco Roman occasion.
Gurpreet, a 26-year-old wrestler from Punjab, could not win a ticket to the Tokyo Olympic Video games throughout final month’s Asian Olympic qualifiers in Almaty.
Chief coach Hargobind Singh is, nevertheless, assured of Gurpreet attaining good leads to Sofia.
“We hope he stays calm and would not make foolish errors. He might have gained an Olympic quota place in Almaty, however misplaced an important bout to bow out of the Asian event. The World qualification is hard however let’s hope for one of the best,” chief coach instructed IANS from Sofia.
Within the Asian Olympic qualification event, Gurpreet had defeated Korea’s 2016 Olympic medallist Kyeonwoo Kim within the preliminary spherical by an enormous margin of 12-1. “However he misplaced the following spherical which was not so robust. We hope Gurpreet can be extra alert in Sofia,” mentioned the chief coach.
Six Indians are competing within the Greco Roman occasion. The 77kg Greco Roman occasion in Sofia is meant to be robust as world bronze medallists Fatih Cengiz of Turkey and Aik Mnatsakanian of Bulgaria are different high contenders aiming to win Olympic berths.
“A number of new wrestlers have made the lower for Tokyo Olympics whereas Olympic medallists like Kim are but to qualify,” mentioned the Indian coach.
Asian champion Sunil Kumar (87kg) is one other outstanding Greco Roman wrestler who’s aiming for the Olympics. “It could depend upon the fixtures. A tricky first spherical might spoil the probabilities to advance into the quarters,” mentioned the chief coach.
In freestyle, all eyes can be on Amit Dhankar who’s competing within the males’s 74 kg occasion. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chosen him for the World qualifiers after Sandeep Singh Mann did not carry out as much as expectations within the April Sep 11 Asian Olympic qualification in Almaty.
Twelve Indians are among the many 400-plus wrestlers from throughout the globe competing within the World Olympic qualifier in Sofia.