Jitender Kumar wins tests for the Asian Championship, opportunity to close doors to the Olympic dreams of Sushil Kumar

NEW DELHI: Much better Jitender Kumar On Friday he prevailed in an intense 74kg test fight to qualify for the season's opening in Italy and the Asian Championship, but now he needs to win a medal to exclude the famous Sushil Kumar shot in the Olympic qualification.

World Star Championship Deepak Punia (86 kg) and Ravi Dahiya (57 kg) did not have to work hard since they were given direct tickets in the final, which they won easily. Sumit Malik (125 kg) and Satyawart Kadian (97kg) also blocked their places with smart wins over their opponents.

Competing in the most competitive category of the day, Jitender prevailed 5-2 in the final against Amit Dhankar.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had previously announced that Friday's test winner will compete in the Ranking series event in Italy (January 15-18), the Asian Championships in New Delhi (February 18-23) and the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Xian (March 27-29) but its president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh They said they can perform new tests before the Xian event.

It means that if Jitender has to win an opportunity in the Tokyo Olympic qualification, he will have to impress the WFI with medal-winning performances in Rome and New Delhi.

If we discover that the performance of our fighters is not satisfactory in the first two events, we can have new tests to select fighters for the Asian Olympic qualifier. We want to send our best fighter, so that India can have the maximum number of odds for the Olympic Games, Sharan told PTI.

Sushil Kumar, the most decorated fighter in India with two Olympic medals, did not compete in Friday's trials, citing an injury.

Sushil had defeated Jitender in a test fight hard fought by the World Championship in September 2019.

If we are happy with the performance of our fighters in the Olympic categories, where we do not have the quota, we will not have proof. As for Sushil, no one will be allowed to go to Olympic qualifiers, without having to compete in tests. he added.