Indian grapplers who failed to catch plane because of movement boycott, arrive at Sofia for qualifiers

The last opportunity to make the Olympic cut in question, India's grapplers have at last arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria for the World Qualifiers beginning 6 May subsequent to missing a prior booked flight as a result of the movement prohibition on the country.

A few nations have forced travel prohibitions on India because of a sharp ascent in COVID-19 cases.

A gathering of 10 grapplers was to leave for Sofia by means of Amsterdam on Wednesday yet their tickets were dropped without a second to spare by a Dutch carrier. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) at that point took care of business and orchestrated new flight tickets through Paris.

"We had conversations with those nations through our international safe havens in Netherlands and France and prevailing with regards to getting travel limitations loose. Ultimately, we booked tickets by means of Paris for Thursday night. The grapplers have effectively reached there," WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI.

The World Qualifiers will be held from 6-9 May.

India has so far procured capabilities in six classifications.

Three men's free-form grapplers [Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Deepak Punia (86kg)] and three ladies' grapplers [(Vinesh Phogat 53kg, Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg)].

Presently, Amit Dhankar (74kg), Satywart Kadiyan (97kg), and Sumit Malik (125kg) will make one final endeavor to book their tickets for Tokyo in men's free-form occasion while Seema (50kg), Nisha Dahiya (68kg) and Pooja Sihag (76kg) will attempt to book their openings in the ladies' occasion.

None of India's Greco Roman grapplers have equipped for the Games and six of them – Sachin Rana (60kg), Aashu (67kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Sunil (87kg), Deepanshu (97kg) and Naveen Kumar (130kg) – will introduce their test in Sofia.

Dr. Dhillon Randeep

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