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WFI Exempts Wrestlers From Olympic Trials, Paris Squad Selection Process Explained


Wrestlers Exempted From Olympic Trials, Paris Squad to be Finalized After Ranking Events

In a major decision to provide continuity to 's medal hopefuls, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided against holding trials for selecting the wrestling squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Instead, wrestlers who have already secured quotas through qualification events will get direct entry without any additional trial. However, their selection will be subject to assessment of fitness levels at upcoming exposure events.

According to the executive committee meeting held on Tuesday, the six wrestlers who have earned quotas so far – 5 women and 1 man – will represent India in Paris barring any injury concerns. This means Vinesh Phogat (50kg), Antim Panghal (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg), Nisha Dahiya (68kg), Reetika Hooda (76kg) and Aman Sehrawat (57kg) currently remain in contention. coaches were also consulted before arriving at this one-time exemption from trials keeping the challenging Olympics schedule in mind.

While doing away with trials provides stability to wrestlers at this crucial preparatory phase, the WFI has kept doors open for changes if required. Fitness of all hopefuls will be closely monitored at the upcoming June Ranking Series in Budapest. Based on coaching staff's analysis, replacements trials may be considered for any wrestler failing to prove fitness before the July 8 deadline for final nominations. A similar assessment will happen during the training camp in Hungary post the ranking event.

By not holding outright trials, wrestlers can focus solely on honing techniques in a high-pressure . However, strong performers from trials held earlier this year for 57kg categories may feel aggrieved with this sudden exemption. In the end, federation's priority remains fielding the fittest and most in-form wrestlers to enhance India's medal prospects on the Paris mat.

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