Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik will be seen in action for the first time after her historic feat in the Rio Games when the National Wrestling Championship for men and women gets underway in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh from October 23.
The 61st senior free style, Greco Roman Style and the 19th female national wrestling championship is being organised at Nandni Nagar till October 25.
All affiliated Units of WFI, including the Railways Sports Promotion Board and the Services Sports Control Board are participating in this event.
Around 650 wrestlers and 175 officials from all over India will be in Gonda for the competition.
Malik will represent Railways in the 58kg category. The other icon players in the fray are Amit Dahiya (57 Kg), Mausam Khatri (97Kg), Amit Dhankar (70 Kg), Ravinder Singh (59Kg) all of whom would represent Haryana.
Bajrang (65Kg), Satyavart Kadiyan (97Kg), Dharmender Dalal (130Kg) will also represent the Railways.
The current Olympians Ravinder Khatri (80Kg) and Sandeep Tomar (57Kg) will represent Services.
From this year, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has made Aadhar Card/Voter ID mandatory for the participating wrestlers.
“Hence, 90% of the participating wrestlers have submitted their Aadhar Card to WFI Office and the rest submitted their Voter Card/Passport,” the WFI said in a statement.