WFI Won't Hold Olympic Selection Trials, Six Quota Winners Set To Compete In Paris Olympics

The WFI decision comes after quota winners Aman Sehrawat (57kg), Anshu Malik (57kg), and Nisha Dahiya (68kg) wrote to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) requesting it not to hold the trials, citing injury concerns before the Games.
WFI ensures that all six quota winners will compete at the Olympics

WFI ensures that all six quota winners will compete at the Olympics.

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The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided against holding selection trials for the upcoming Paris Olympics, paving the way for the six wrestlers who secured quota places to represent India at the Games. This decision comes after much debate within the wrestling community, with some quota winners advocating for a skip of trials and others seeking a final shot at qualification.
Sanjay Singh, the newly elected president, spoke to Times Now and said, "There will be no selection trials. We want our athletes to be focused on the Olympic Games. Wrestling has been destroyed in this country, but we will try to get it back to the level it was. I’m hoping for 1-2 medals in wrestling. Wrestlers can go anywhere they want for training; we will facilitate it."
Yogeshwar Dutt, the bronze medallist in the 2012 Olympics, hailed the move and said, "This is a good decision by WFI. Wrestling has been damaged but we will do our best to ensure athletes are well taken care of. Hoping for 1-2 medals from wrestling."
With WFI agreeing to the request by Aman, Anshu and Nisha's requests, it is most likely that Vinesh Phogat will miss a chance for a bout with Antim Panghal in the 53kg category. However, she will be able to compete in the Olympics after bagging a quota in the 50kg category.
Earlier, Phogat took to social media and requested that the Sports Ministry, the Indian Olympic Association, the Sports Authority of India, and the WFI announce the dates, venue, and format for the trials.
India's six wrestling quota winners:
Aman Sehrawat (men's freestyle 57kg), Antim Panghal (women's 53kg), Vinesh Phogat (women's 50kg), Anshu Malik (women's 57kg), Reetika Hooda (women's 76kg), Nisha Dahiya (women's 68kg).
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