Asian Championship is next undertaking for Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia; Divya Kakran returns to Indian team


New Delhi: Vinesh Phogat gets to check herself in her new 53kg class when she competes on the senior Asian Wrestling Championship together with Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik as India on Sunday named a 30-member squad for the occasion, to be held in China subsequent month.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) carried out trials for ladies in Lucknow on Saturday and for guys in Sonepat on Sunday. Bajrang, who competes in the 65kg category, these days won gold in UWW Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov event in Bulgaria in which Vinesh competed inside the 53kg for the first time and settled for silver.

The Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi had also gained a silver but inside the 65kg whilst Pooja Dhanda gained gold in 59kg. At the Asian championship, scheduled for April 23 to 28, Sakshi will move back to her original 62kg class and Navjot Kaur will constitute India in 65kg.

Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran will return to aggressive wrestling after getting better from an ankle injury. She will compete in the 68kg category. National champion Amit Dhankar booked a berth in the 74kg at the same time as Maharashtra wrestler Rahul Aware made a comeback to the Indian crew by prevailing the paths in 61kg.

Indian squad:

Free Style: Ravi Kumar (57kg), Rahul Aware (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Rajneesh (70kg), Amit Dhankar (74kg), Praveen Rana (79kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Viky (92kg), Satyavrat Kadian (97kg) and Sumit (125kg).

Greco Roman Style: Manjeet (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Vikram Kumar (63kg), Ravinder (67kg), Yogesh (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg), Hardeep Singh (97kg) and Prem Kumar (130kg)

Women Wrestling: Seema (50kg), Vinesh (53kg), Lalita Sehrawat (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Manju (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Navjot Kaur (65kg), Divya Kakran (68kg), Kiran (72kg) and Pooja (76kg).