SILVER LINING FOR JITENDER AT LAST

The New Indian Express Chennai|February 24, 2020

SILVER LINING FOR JITENDER AT LAST
Grappler set to travel to Kyrgyzstan for Olympic qualifiers despite loss in 74kg final of Asian Championships, India wrap up campaign with 20 medals
AYANTAN CHOWDHURY

AUGUST 20. Jitender Kumar suffered a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar in a bitterly fought selection trial bout to miss out on the chance to participate in the World Championships. With an elbow and eye injury, it seemed destiny was slipping away from him. Fast forward to Sunday, the Wrestling Federation of India confirmed that the grappler would indeed be travelling to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the Olympic Qualifiers. To top it off, he also won a silver on the last day of the Asian Wrestling Championships.

This means that the door is slowly closing on Sushil’s dream of competing in his very last Olympics. He will have to wait for the outcome in Bishkek, where Jitender can confirm his Tokyo berth with a top-two finish. “We will have no trials in freestyle. Post the qualifiers, we will take a call on whether to have further trials,” WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said.

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February 24, 2020