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SAG qualification at stake as National wrestling C'ship begins


Press Trust of India Jalandhar
Qualification spots for the upcoming South Asian Games (SAG) will be up for grabs when the three-day National wrestling championships, begins here on Friday.
The winners in seven categories of men's freestyle and women competition at the national championships will represent India at next month's South Asian Games.
The categories in which qualification for SAG will be at stake are 57, 61, 65, 74, 86, 97, 125 in men's free style, while in the women's fields, spots will be up for grab in 50, 53, 57, 59, 62, 68, 76 weight classes.
The South Asian Games are to begin in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 6.
The Tata Motors National championships will kick off with men's free style in all 10 weight classes, where the 74kg competition will feature former Asian Champion Amit Dhankar, Junior Asian Champion Sachin Rathee and Praveen Rana.
The country is yet to find veteran Sushil Kumar's replacement in this category, in which reigning under-23 National champion Gourav Baliyan from UP will also compete.
In the 79kg category, it will be a battle between former Junior World Championship bronze medallist Veer Dev Gulia and Railways' Jitender.
In the 97 kg category, Railways' Satyawart Kadian will be looking to avenge his last year's final defeat against Haryana's Mousam Khatri.
It will be a star-studded field in the women's category as India's best bet for a wrestling medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Vinesh Phogat (55 kg), Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg), promising Divya Kakran (68kg) and talented Seema Bisla (50kg), Sarita Mor (57kg) and Navjot Kaur (65 kg) feature in the event.
On the third and final day, the Greco-Roman wrestlers will be in action.

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First Published: Nov 28 2019 | 9:15 PM IST

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