India get two more wrestling quotas

India get two more wrestling quotas

India bagged two more Olympic quotas in wrestling as United World Wrestling, the world governing body for the sport, redistributed the quotas in response to recent doping violations at the Olympic qualifying events on Wednesday.

Small concentrations of meldonium was reportedly found in a handful of athletes who bagged quotas for the quadrennial events at the European and the Asian Olympic qualification tournament held in Serbia and Kazakhstan, respectively.

In the Greco-Roman category, a positive doping result for Zhanarbek Kenzheev of Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Olympic Qualifier shifted an 85kg Olympic quota to India.

At the Asian Olympic qualification held in March, Ravinder Khatri had come up with a surprise bronze in the category.

Although he lost at the quarterfinal stage itself, getting defeated by Kenzheev 0-2, he got lucky to make the bronze medal round, thanks to Kenzheev reaching the final. The lucky bronze has now resulted in a Olympic quota for the country.

Meanwhile, a positive doping result for Sumiya Erdenechimeg of Mongolia shifted a 53kg Olympic quota from Mongolia to India.

It was the 26-year-old Babita Kumari who had lost the semifinal tie in this category to Erdenechimeg 8-15.

The new allocations mean India will be fielding their  wrestlers in eight categories at the Rio Games. Indian won two wrestling medals at the last Olympic Games.

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