WFI announces team for Rome Rankings Series: Bajrang Punia & Vinesh Phogat return, Narsingh gets another chance

By   - 23/02/2021

Wrestling News: With the Senior Nationals concluded, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Tuesday announced the Indian team for the upcoming Matteo Pellicone Rome Rankings Series. India will send a 34-member squad for the Rankings event scheduled from March 4 to 7. While the Ranking Series will be the first international tournament for Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia will eye to regain top form after a poor performance at the Individual World Cup in December.

Besides the new 74kg champion Sandeep Singh Mann, Narsingh Yadav and Jitender will also be travelling to Italy. Meanwhile, Sakshi Malik has also been given another shot before the Olympic trials for the Indian team.

While athletes gear up for the Olympic Games by competing in qualification events and tournaments that will impact their seeding, they will also be wrestling in tournaments that help determine the 2021 Ranking Series champion. Those two trajectories will mean two sets of points for athletes, fans, and coaches to track in 2021.

The Tokyo 202One seeding is almost complete, but there are two tournaments left where athletes can gain points. The Poland Open (June 8-13) will be like the 2020 Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series event and impact seeding for the 2021 Olympic Games. Additionally, athletes from China, Turkmenistan, and North Korea competing at the 2021 Asian Continental Championships will earn seeding points for the 2021 Games based on their finishes. These nations were withheld from the 2020 continental championships due to COVID-based travel restrictions.

Men’s Freestyle

Names Weight Category
Ravi Kumar Dahiya 57kg
Pankaj 57kg
Bajrang Punia 65kg
Rohit 65kg
Vishal Kaliraman 70kg
Sandeep Singh Mann 74kg
Rahul Rathi 79kg
Deepak Punia 86kg
Parveen Chahar 86kg
Praveen 92kg
Satyawart Kadian 97kg
Sumit Malik 125kg

Update– Jitender and Narsingh have also been included as late entry in 74kg.

Men’s Greco Roman:

Names Weight Category
Arjun Halakurki 55kg
Manish 60kg
Neeraj 63kg
Kuldeep Malik 72kg
Gurpreet Singh 77kg
Gurpreet Singh 77kg
Harpreet Singh 82kg
Sunil Kumar 87kg
Deepanshu 97kg
Naveen 130kg

Women’s Wrestling:

Names Weight Category
Meenakshi 50kg
Vinesh Phogat 53kg
Nandini Bajirao Solokhe 53kg
Anshu 57kg
Sarita Mor 59kg
Sonam 62kg
Nisha 65kg
Anita 68kg
Kiran 76kg

Update– Sakshi Malik also a late entry into the 62kg.

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