‘Wrestling’, as the name suggests, has been considered as one of the earliest and most immemorial games to be ever included in the record of Olympic athletic events. Olympics inventoried ‘Wrestling’ right since 708 BC and since then this game has kept awe-inspiring both the players and the spectators. ‘Wresting’ is often synonymous to ‘dangle’, particularly in our country. However to count its popularity, it is widely known as ‘Malla Yuddha’ in India. However, narrowing down our point of discussion strictly to the Olympics, the contribution of the sport ‘Wrestling’ is unfathomable.
After the Modern Olympic Games were taken up again in a renewed version, the mentioned sport grew exponentially as far as its win list was concerned. Right back since time immemorial, ‘Wrestling’ has kept making India proud at larger and broader dimensions.
Can wrestling give India medals in olympics
When a talk about this specific sport is taken up, mentioning about Sushil Kumar is a requisite not to be missed. Being a freestyle wrestler having his roots in India, Sushil Kumar Solanki has achieved the world title in 2010 for contesting in the 66-kilogram weight division. His catalogue demonstrating a number of wins does not end just here. He is regarded as one of the most virtuous and reputable sportspersons ever to be alluded to in the history of Olympic victories. He has received the silver token of appreciation (read medal) at the renowned London Olympics in the year 2012. Also, with valour and pride, he proved himself to be invincible against his opponent at the Beijing Olympics in the year 2008, winning a bronze medal. It is a proud moment for India to appreciate this legend who is gladly regarded to be solely the exclusive sportsman of honour for triumphing over two discrete Olympic medals one after the other. Needless to say, ‘Wrestling’ in India has glorified the country in varied years, across the time scale, over varied platforms.
According to the register that follows the Summer Olympics in 2016, the current year, India has picked up stringently a bunch of hopeful and promising 8 players in the domain of ‘Wrestling’ for the divergent categories: beginning with the 57 kilogram event up to the 98 kilogram event at the men’s freestyle wrestling tournament and 48 kilogram to 58 kilogram in women’s freestyle wrestling tournament. Hitherto India has secured its place in the Olympic Games both at ‘World Championships’ in the previous year (2015) and the ‘Asian Qualification Tournament’ in this year (2016). On 11th May 2016, the ‘United World Wrestling’ conferred further Olympic licenses on India in the category of 85-kilogram wrestling event in men’s Greco-Roman and 53-kilogram wrestling event in women’s freestyle division after inebriating violations were tracked down amongst the seven officially chosen wrestlers. This time, the high-spirited Indian sports maniacs are majorly hopeful about winning the Olympics distinctly in the field of wrestling.
A few noteworthy Indian wrestlers who made the country delighted with their striking and attention-stealing performances in varied classified categories of wrestling are Sushil Kumar (the foremost appreciable name that must be called aloud whenever wrestling in India is the concern of discussion), Ramesh Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Amit Kumar, Palwinder Singh Cheema, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, Narsingh Pancham Yadav, Mukesh Khatri, Anuj Kumar and may more. Among the women upheld wrestlers and title holders, Geeta Phogat is a globally acclaimed name who has significantly been appreciated for being nominated and officially recognised as the first female wrestler in Olympic sports. Notwithstanding the 8 quota positions in Olympics, the favourable Indian wrestling team of 2016 is probably going to wake upon another triumphant dawn, but whether it can give India medals this time around is still a big question mark. Nevertheless, the Indian supporters and managing body are for the best to occur!