The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday confirmed the national wrestling camps for Tokyo Olympics aspirants will commence from September 1.
“The decision to commence the camp has been taken to ensure that those athletes who have already qualified for the Olympics and those who can still qualify for the Olympics, can begin on-field training,” the SAI said in a release.
The male contenders’ camp will be held at SAI Sonepat while the women will train at the nodel sports body’s Lucknow centre. Both the camps will surmise on September 30.
In the men’s camp, a total of 26 wrestlers in eight weight categories — five freestyle (57, 65, 74, 86, 125kgs) and three Greco-Roman (60, 77, 87kgs), as well as six support staff while 15 wrestlers in five weight categories (50, 53, 57, 62, 68kgs), with four support staff, will be the part of women’s camp.
Narsingh Yadav amongst 26 shortlisted wrestlers
Leading wrestlers who will take part in the camps are Ravi Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Narsingh Yadav, Deepak Punia, Sumit, Gyanender, Sajan, Sunil Kumar, Nirmala Devi, Vinesh Phogat, Pooja Dhanda, Sakshi Malik and Divya Kakran.
“The athletes, coaches and support staff joining SAI Sonepat and SAI Lucknow will have to undergo mandatory COVID test upon arrival at the camp and resume training after a 14-day quarantine period.”
“The COVID-19 guidelines of the Government of India, state government and the SAI SOP will be adhered to strictly.”
Presently, four wrestlers who have qualified for the postponed Tokyo Olympics comprised Vinesh (women’s 53kg), Bajrang (men’s 65kg freestyle), Ravi Kumar Dahiya (men’s 57kg freestyle) and Deepak (men’s 86kg freestyle), planned to be held next year.