Vinesh had recently beaten Sofia, a six-time World Championship medal winner, on way to the Poland Open title-win last month, but facing the formidable Swede in the very first round is a different proposition
Wrestling World Championships women's trials likely to be more competitive than men's, says national coach Kuldeep Malik
However, it remains to be seen how the young wrestlers will fare against someone like Vinesh Phogat in the trials, who has asserted her dominance at the international level
Wrestling Federation of India selects Ritu Phogat for World Championship after Pinki refuses to turn up for trials
Miffed with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), grappler Pinki refused to turn up for the World Championship re-trial, paving the way for Ritu Phogat's selection in the 53kg category
Asian Games 2018: Wrestler Sandeep Tomar qualifies for mega-event; Rahul Aware opts out of trials due to knee injury
In the most exciting bout of the day, Sandeep, the 2016 Asian Championship winner, trailed Utkarsh 2-4 after the first round and drifted further with Utkarsh creating another two-point move in the beginning of second round.
Controversies hound India's wrestling squad for Asian Games as fit-again Sushil Kumar leads medal hopes
While the Asian Games selection in most of the weight categories have been done on the basis of trials, the likes of Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik were handed out automatic berths
Iran’s Hossein Karimi (for men’s freestyle wrestlers), Georgia’s Temo Kazarashvili (Greco Roman) and Russia’s Farniev Irbek Valentinovich (women’s freestyle) will take charge before the Commonwealth Games.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh blamed the organisers for the country's dismal show at the World Championships, saying the lack of facilities in Paris resulted in wrestlers losing out on 15 days of training ahead of the mega-event.
India women's freestyle wrestling team coach Kuldeep Malik might have played a big role in Sakshi Malik's success at the Rio Olympics but he is yet to get any cash awards or recognition.
The Sports Authority of India will send only a single male physiotherapist with the Indian wrestling contingent to rio for the 2016 Olympics.
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Dhyanchand awardee Malik, who has been the women's freestyle chief coach till now, will be mentoring the men's freestyle wrestling team as well.