The highlight of the Day 2 of the wrestling (Kushti) competitions in South Asian Federation (SAF) Games was without any doubt battle for gold between wrestlers from India and Pakistan. In the 97kg category, India’s national champion Satyawart Kadian was up against Pakistan’s number 1 Tabiyar Raza. Kadian, husband of olympic medallist Sakshi Malik showed great skills as well as composure against the Pakistani wrestler.
In the first minute of the bout itself Kadian who recently won gold in the national championship at Jalandhar overpowered Raza and scored 6 consecutive points. In frustration Pakistani wrestler tried adopting some rough tactics but Kadian was quick to respond to that and finally won the bout and gold with scoreline by 10-1.
The referee of the match added twist to the drama by declaring Raza as winner to everyone’s surprise. But he was quick to correct his mistake by raising Kadian’s hand and declared him winner of the gold medal bout.
For India, national champion in 125kg Sumit Malik is also in line for Gold as he won his opening round without much ado.
In the women’s section, wonder mom of the Indian wrestling (Kushti) Gursharanpreet Kaur will be seen in action in the afternoon session. The iron lady from Punjab will be making her comeback in the international arena after 7 long years and will be favorite to win the gold medal in the SAF. Gursharan won the national championship gold in Jalandhar and booked a place in the SAF Games squad.
Wrestlers in action on DAY 2 of Wrestling Competitions for INDIA at the SAF GAMES 2019
FS 97 Kg – Satywart Kadian
FS 125 Kg – SumitW/W 57 kg- Sarita mor
W /W 76 kg- Gursharanpreet Kaur.
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