Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri, Babita Kumari bag Rio Olympic berths

Posted on:13 May 2016 14:22:42
Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri, Babita Kumari bag Rio Olympic berths
13 May 2016 Current Affairs: Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured spots at the upcoming Rio Olympics after their rivals failed a dope test, taking the total number of quota places from India to eight.

Khatri was awarded the berth in the Greco-Roman 85 kg after Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgystan tested positive at the Asian Olympic qualifier.

Babita gets a shot at competing in Rio with Mongolian wrestler Sumiya Erdenechimeg failing the dope test in 53 kg freestyle, also at the Asian qualifier.

While Vinesh won a gold in 48kg category, Sakshi bagged a silver in 58kg class as they booked a Rio Games quota place each for the country.

This is the first time two women wrestlers from India have qualified for the Olympics. At 2012 London Games, Geeta Phogat was the lone Indian female grappler in the fray.

This is the first time that India will be represented in all three formats - men's freestyle, female wrestling and Greco-Roman - at the Olympics.

 

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