Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik to spearhead Indian challenge in World Wrestling Championship

Jakarta Asian Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia and Rio Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik will spearhead the 30 member Indian challenge in the World Wrestling Championship to be held in Budapest, Hungary from October 20 to 28.
The Wrestling Federation of India(WFI) on Monday named 10 members each for the free-style, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling competition.
The squad will be accompanied by 17 officials, including coaches, physiotherapist, masseur and referees
Twice Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar does not figure in the squad in which Bajrang (65kg) is the best bet in the freestyle category.
In the women section, besides Sakshi (62kg), Commonwealth Games gold winner Pooja Dhanda (57kg) and medallist Navjot Kaur (68kg) are medal hopes.
Among the famed Phogat sisters, only Ritu figures in the squad as Geeta and Babita did not attend the trials while Asiad gold medallist Vinesh was not considered as she has an elbow injury.
Jagminder Singh and Kuldeep Singh are the coaches of the freestyle and Greco-Roman teams, respectively, while Kuldeep Malik will be in charge of the women’s squad. The team leaves tomorrow morning for the pre-tournament conditioning camp in Budapest.
Malik promised a good showing by his wards. “We are fully prepared for the tournament. The girls have worked extensively on their technique after the Asian Games and we hope to better our medals tally this time around."
Jagminder Singh exuded confidence about his boys doing well “We will definitely win some medals but I can’t tell you the number. We are fully prepared and the camp before the main event will be very beneficial for us," he said.
Freestyle: Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Sonba Tanaji Gongane (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Pankaj Rana (70kg), Jitender (74kg), Sachin Rathi (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Deepak (92kg) Mausam Khatri (97kg), Sumit (125kg). 
 Coach :Jagminder Singh
Greco Roman: Vijay (55kg), Gyanender (60kg), Gaurav Sharma (63kg), Manish (67kg), Kuldeep Malik (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), Manjeet (87kg), Hardeep (97kg), Naveen (130kg).
Coach :Kuldeep Singh .
Women: Ritu Phogat (50kg), Pinki (53kg), Seema (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Sangeeta (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Ritu (65kg), Navjot Kaur (68kg), Rajini (72kg), Kiran (76kg
 (Coach): Kuldeep Malik.
The team is backed by the Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles Unit, who are the principal sponsors of the WFI.

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