New Delhi: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has booked his place in the World Wrestling Championship. Bajrang defeated state champion Harphul Singh 7-0 in the Jadhav HD of Jadhav KD Indira Gandhi Stadum on Friday.
Ravi Dahiya (57 kg) and Deepak Punia (86 kg) highlighted their value by securing places on the Indian side for the Kazakhstan Wrestling Championships in September.
In the polls for five of the six men’s freestyle Olympic categories in Delhi on Friday, Dahiya and Punia prevailed over their opponents to stay in the berth race at the Tokyo Games.
Mausam Khatri (97 kg) and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sumit Malik (125 kg) were also selected for the World Championships.
However, controversy has encompassed the trials since Sharvan Tomar, the former Asian Junior Champion in the 57kg category, is said to have been stopped by the Wrestling Federation of India in participating in the trials in which he intended to challenge Bajrang.
Selective trials for 74kg and the remaining four non-Olympic weights – 61kg, 70kg, 79kg and 92kg – will be held in the second week of August.
The Championship will serve as the first Olympic qualifying event.