Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Indian wrestlers Anshu Malik & Sonam Malik secure Tokyo Olympics berths

In women wrestling, Indian Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik have secured the Tokyo Olympics berths in the 57-kg and 62-kg categories, respectively, despite settling for silver medals on the second day of the Asian Wrestling Olympic qualifiers in Almaty.

The 19-year-old Haryana girl Anshu went down fighting 4-7 to Mongolia’s Khongorzul Baldsaikahan.

While 18-year-old Sonam earlier made a remarkable comeback from 0-6 down to beat home favourite Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan 9-6 to secure third Olympic wrestling quota for India.

Her qualification has thus shit doors on Rio Games medallist Sakshi Malik.

Vinesh Phogat has already made cut for Tokyo in the 53-kg category.

Two Indian fencers have tested positive for Covid-19 while participating in the World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Cairo.

As per Fencing Association of India official, the players will now undergo 15-day quarantine.

A 24-member national team, including 12 girls, participated in the nine-day world championships that will conclude on Sunday.

However, no Indian fencer won a medal in sabre, foil or epee events.

In tennis, three (3) members of the Indian women’s team along with their coach Vishal Uppal arrived in the Latvian capital of Riga on Saturday to play in the Billie Jean King (BJK) Cup on April 16 and 17.

This is the first time in history that the women’s team has made it to the World Group Play-offs.

While Rutuja Bhosle, Zeel Desai and Karman Kaur Thandi took the flight from Delhi, India’s tennis ace Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will join them directly from Dubai where they have been training for the past week.


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