India’s third medal hopes in Rio 2016 Olympics now rest with wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt who will commence his campaign in the 65kg freestyle wrestling on Sunday, 5 pm IST. He would be up against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia in the first round but faces a tricky draw ahead.
India’s London bronze medallist is likely to face Russia’s Soslan Ramonov – 2014 worlds gold and 2015 bronze winner in the quarter-final. If he gets past him, Uzbek’s Ikhtoyor Navruzov – reigning silver medallist – could meet in semis.
Yogeshwar, qualified for Rio Olympics from Asian Olympic Qualifiers held in Astana in February 2016. is India’s last representative at the prestigious event. Apart from Sakshi, bronze medallist, India wrestlers have had a forgettable outing so far.
Vinesh Phogat unfortunately injured her knee during her women’s freestyle 48kg quarterfinal against China’s Sun Yanan. While Phogat exited due to injury, Babita Kumari was knocked out in her opening women’s 53 kg category wrestling bout 1-5 against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece and got eliminated from the Games.
Sandeep Tomar lost to two-time World Champion Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the 57 kg category to get ousted from the men’s freestyle wrestling. Apart from this, Narsingh Yadav was banned for four years, just a day before his bout.
The Indian wrestler was set to complete in the 74kg category at Rio 2016 Olympics but was slapped a four-year ban by CAS following an appeal by WADA. WADA exercised its right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after the wrestler’s exoneration by a national anti-doping hearing panel in New Delhi. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) had cleared the wrestler after he tested positive test for anabolic steroids.
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