AGENCIES, New Delhi: It’s testing times for Haryana wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze medal at Rio Olympics. Malik is seeking another round of trials to remain in contention for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, she is gearing up for the Asian Wrestling Championships in non-Olympic category.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has categorically made it clear that it may hold fresh trials if the performance of the winners are not satisfactory at the tournament in Italy and the Asian Championship.
Colleague Sonam had lost the first round of the ranking series event in Rome but if she manages to finish on the podium during the Asian Championship, beginning February 18 in New Delhi, the WFI perhaps won’t stop her from competing at the Asian Olympic qualifier in March.
“I am hopeful for another round of trials. If I qualify in that I will have two more chances, the Asian World Olympics qualifiers and the World Olympics qualifiers. I want to qualify in the two key tournaments,” Sakshi said.
“Preparations for the AWC has been good I will give my best, be it any competition, and win medals. I am working hard on my technique. I need to make sure that I don’t repeat the same mistakes that I have made in the previous tournaments,” she added.
During the trials, the 18-year-old Sonam was trailing 6-10 but levelled the scores with a four-point throw to shock Sakshi.
Sakshi then got the chance to compete at the Asian Championships in non-Olympic 65kg category. The grappler had admitted earlier that it’s difficult to maintain the intensity especially in a long four-year Olympic cycle.