Sakshi Malik grabs spot in squad for World Championship

Vastavam web: Struggling wrestler Sakshi Malik has made it to India’s World Championship squad without facing the trials as her opponent Sarita Mor has withdrawn from the 62kg clash, due to an injury. The Olympic bronze medallist has been battling poor form since the start of the 2018 season. She could win only a bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and failed to win any medal at the Asian Games. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) wanted both Sushil Kumar and Sakshi to undergo trials but the former pulled out due to poor form.

The performance is encouraging for Sakshi ahead of the World Championship, to be held in Budapest from October 20-28. “The fourth category is women’s 53kg. Ritu Phogat and Pinky will fight for that place. Ritu had competed in the 50kg category at the Yasar Dogu International in Turkey but we feel she can do well in the 53kg as well. She has a good medal chance in this category, so, we decided to conduct a trial match between Ritu and Pinky,” Tomar added. The 53kg clash will be held tomorrow in Lucknow under the supervision of National women’s coach Kuldeep Malik.