Vinesh Phogat backs out of Asian Championships trials, Anshu Malik to lead 10-member team
Veteran grappler Vinesh Phogat did not attempt to seal a spot at the Asian Championships to be held in Mongolia next month.
Ace Indian women's wrestler Vinesh Phogat pulled out of the ongoing Asian Championship trials being held in Lucknow. Vinesh Phogat has been plagued with injuries since the 2016 Rio Olympics and has battled back hard despite her constant setbacks.
The Indian women's contingent announced at the end of a day of trials had Anshu and Sarita leading a 10-member team.
The Indian women's team: Manisha (50 kg), Swati Shinde (53 Kg), Sushma Shokeen (55 Kg), Anshu (57 Kg), Sarita (59 Kg), Manisha (62 Kg), Radhika (65 Kg), Sonika Hooda (68 Kg), Nikki (72 Kg), Sudesh (76 Kg)
World championships silver medallist Anshu Malik and bronze winner Sarita Mor will lead a 10-member Indian women's wrestling team at the Asian Championships to be held in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia next month.
While Anshu, a silver medallist in the 2021 World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, will represent in her pet 57kg category, Sarita will be taking part in the 59kg section. Sarita is a bronze medallist in her category at the 2021 World Championships.
The team was picked after the selections trials held at the SAI Training Centre in Lucknow on Friday. In the other high-profile bout in the trials, Manisha defeated Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik 1-5 to seal her place in the 62kg category.
The Asian Championships will be held from April 19 to 24.
The men's team includes ace wrestlers like Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Mangal (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Gourav Baliyan (79kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) in the Freestyle category. The Greco Roman team includes Vikas (72kg), Sajan (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), and Prem (130kg) amongst others.