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No row over Sakshi Malik weight switch, says Wresting Federation of India

Sakshi Malik, one of only two Indians to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won a postponed qualifying bout in 58 kg, but has been allowed to compete in the 60 kg class by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) after failing to bring her weight down.

other sports Updated: May 10, 2017 19:26 IST
HT Correspondent
Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik received India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri in April.
Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik received India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri in April.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Rio Olympics bronze medallist, Sakshi Malik, stirred a controversy ahead of the Asian Wrestling Championships which started here on Wednesday following her inability to compete in the weight division she qualified in.

Sakshi, one of only two Indians to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Games, won a postponed qualifying bout in 58kg, but has been allowed to compete in the 60kg class by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) after failing to bring her weight down.

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However, the federation has asked the 60kg national champion Sarita Mor to reduce weight and compete in 58kg. With her event scheduled on Friday, Sarita is in a race against time to bring her weight down.

Asked whether Sakshi, back in action after her marriage on April 2, was being favoured, WFI secretary, VN Prasood said: “Both the players have agreed to switch their weight category. The federation has no role to play. They have given in writing to the coach. So, there is no issue,” he said.

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Sakshi’s trial was postponed from April 30 to May 5 after she requested more time to reduce her weight. WFI’s office secretary, Vinod Tomar, said Sakshi was a big draw and will have to be accommodated.

“She is medal prospect, we have to make some adjustment for her. Since the Asian meet is being held at home, winning medals is important.”

However, Manju Kumari, who lost 0-10 to Sakshi in the 58kg trail bout, won’t get the chance to compete in the Asian meet.