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Firstpost.com takes a quick look at wrestling star Bajrang Punia's performances over the past two years, and charts his journey towards securing Olympic qualification.
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On Saturday night, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur gave a formal send-off to the contingent at the Indira Gandhi Airport in New Delhi amid loud cheers, claps and plenty of good wishes.
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Losing semi-finalist in wrestling to get shot at gold medal if finalist contracts COVID-19, says IOC
The wrestling competition in 18 weight categories — six each in freestyle, women and Greco Roman — will begin from 1 August. India will field seven wrestlers, including four women.
Competing in the Ali Alyev tournament, Bajrang was up against A Kudyev in the semi-final when he sustained the injury.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala helps India's top athletes when they're at their most vulnerable
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra's elbow in 2019. Boxer Manish Kaushik's bicep in June 2020. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat's knee after Rio 2016. Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala has operated on many of India's Tokyo 2020 medal hopefuls besides many of India's sports legends.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar seeded in respective categories
Both Bajrang and Deepak have been seeded second in the 65kg and 86kg category while Ravi has been seeded fourth in the 57kg. Star female wrestler Vinesh is the top seed in the 53kg category.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: SAI allows Neeraj Chopra, Vinesh Phogat to continue training in Europe ahead of Games
India's other Olympic-bound wrestler Bajrang Punia, who is training in Russia, too was allowed to avail the services of U-23 World Champion Mirza Skhulukhia as a sparring partner.
Sumit Malik says he was on painkillers during Olympic Qualifiers, but doesn't know where banned stimulant came from
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist was handed a provisional suspension by the United World Wrestling (UWW) after a specified banned substance — 5-methylhexan-2amine (1,4 dimethylpentylamine) — was found in his sample.
The victory would potentially make Vinesh the top seed at the Tokyo Olympics.
India earned eight wrestling quotas for the Tokyo edition of the Games with four men and as many women wrestlers qualifying.
Bajrang Punia to skip Ranking Series event in Poland, will train in Russia with coach Shako Bentinidis
While India's other Olympic-bound wrestlers will travel to Poland, Bajrang will go to Russia with his coach Georgian Shako Bentinidis.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Seema Bisla becomes fourth woman wrestler to qualify; Sumit Malik settles for silver
Seema Bisla on Friday became the fourth Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Games by reaching the final of the 50kg competition
Wrestler Seema Bisla on track for Tokyo berth after reaching semi-finals of World Olympic Qualifiers; Nisha, Pooja ousted
Competing in the 50kg category, Seema lost only two points en route the semi-finals, where she will clash with Poland's Anna Lukasiak for a place in the Tokyo Games.
It is the first time that 28-year-old Malik, who is a 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has made the cut for the Olympics.
On being asked how the Vinesh of 2021 is different from the Vinesh of 2016, she said: “Back then I used to emotionally break down very easily. Even if I injured a finger, I would ask ‘why me?’"
The tournament, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 6-9 May, will be the last qualifying event before the Tokyo Games.
Wrestlers Sandeep Singh Mann, Satywart Kadian and Sumit Malik fail to seal Tokyo berths at Asian Olympic Qualifiers
All those who missed out have one last chance to make the cut for the Tokyo Games at the World Olympic Qualifiers, scheduled to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from 6-9 May.
Anshu lost the gold medal bout 4-7 to Mongolia's Khongorzul Boldsaikhan while Sonam did not compete in the final due to an injury.