The United World Wrestling (UWW) has decided to give hosting rights of the 2020 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships to New-Delhi. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had given bids for two Indian cities New-Delhi & Cuttack (Orissa) to host the Senior championships in India. UWW after thorough inspections, evaluation of the cities decided to zero down on New-Delhi’s candidature as the host city for the forthcoming Senior Asian Championships. WFI will now host the competition in Delhi from 18th to 23rd February at the KD Jadhav Stadium. The official announcement in this regard will be made by UWW, WFI over weekend.
This time Asian Championships will have more significance as only the participant teams will be allowed to play in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Xian, China scheduled for March 27th to 29th. Not only this, UWW has already announced that the championships will also considered as ranking competition to determine rankings for the Tokyo Olympics. The tournament will also serve the Indian wrestlers to prepare themselves for the Asian & World Qualifiers. WFI has already made an announcement that the Indian team for the championships will be selected through trials in the first week of January. Apart from Bajrang Punia in 65kg, WFI has made mandatory for everyone else to appear for the trials.
The Senior Asian Championship will return to India after a gap of 2 years. India last hosted the championships in 2017. The 2018 edition was held at Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan and in 2019, Xian province of China hosted the Senior Asian. India won 16 medals overall in the last edition including a lone gold by Bajrang Punia in the 65kg category.