Asian Senior Championships in Mongolia: SAI sanctions Rs 1.28 Cr for the participation of 30 wrestlers
New Delhi: Tokyo Olympian Anshu Malik is looking forward to the Senior Asian Championships in Mongolia, starting April 19, as a much-needed visibility competition ahead of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. A total of 20 wrestlers from the men’s team in the Freestyle and Greco-Roman categories and ten from the women’s team will compete in the event.
The tour was sanctioned at a cost to the government of a total of Rs 1.28 Crore for the two teams. The competition in Mongolia is considered a good exhibition competition ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, scheduled for later this year. Tokyo 2020 medalists Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia, among others, will also compete in Mongolia.
“I have participated in various international camps and I am happy to have all these world-class facilities at the SAI National Center of Excellence in Lucknow,” Anshu said. “I also thank the Indian Wrestling Federation for organizing the camp here ahead of the Senior Asian Championship and CWG and Asian Games this year.
“My teammates and I are looking forward to the best performances in the upcoming tournaments,” added Anshu.
While the women’s team was part of the SAI Lucknow training center, the men’s wrestlers were part of the SAI regional center Sonepat before the Sr Asian Championship.
List of participants:
Men’s Team: Freestyle – Ravi Dahiya, Mangal Kadiyan, Bajrang Punia, Naveen, Yash, Gourav Baliyan, Deepak Punia, Viky, Satyawart Kadiyan, Anirudh Kumar; Greco-Roman – Arjun Halakurki, Gyanender, Neeraj, Sachin Sehrawat, Vikas, Sajan, Harpreet Singh, Sunil Kumar, Ravi, Prem.
Women’s team: Manisha, Swati Shinde, Sushma Shokeen, Anshu Malik, Sarita Mor, Manisha, Radhika, Sonika Hooda, Nikki, Sudesh.