Indian Sports Live, May 11: Men’s freestyle wrestlers face now-or-never qualifiers for Paris Olympics


Welcome to ESPN India’s daily blog, where we aim to bring you all the news from the dynamic world of Indian sports: from the wide variety of Olympic sports to franchise leagues.

May has plenty of sporting action taking place – which you can find listed out in ESPN India’s sporting calendar.

Neeraj Chopra speaks

After last night’s season opener, Neeraj Chopra is happy with his performance although he said he will look to win the next Diamond League event.

“The most important competition for me this year is Paris Olympics, but Diamond League meetings are important too. This was the opener for me this season, I finished second with a narrow two centimetre margin but next time I will try to draw far and try to win,” Chopra said.

The next Diamond League meeting which has men’s javelin as a discipline will be held in Paris on July 7. Chopra also thanked the Indian diaspora in Qatar for supporting him.

“The support I am getting from the Indian people here in Qatar is always amazing, there aren’t words enough for me to thank them for their support.

“Maybe in some years the Indian will throw really far! I feel really proud that I am an Indian.”

A crucial day for Indian men’s freestyle wrestlers

It’s now-or-never for the Indian men’s freestyle contingent, who have failed to secure a single quota for the Paris Olympics so far, in contrast to the women’s wrestlers – who have earned a record 5/6 quotas. The likes of Deepak Punia and Aman Sehrawat will be in action today, as they face their last chance to make it to Paris at the World Olympic Wrestling Qualifiers.

Here’s Shyam Vasudevan with a preview of their chances.

Ramit Tandon ousts Faraz, enters World Squash second round

Ramit Tandon made a fine start to his campaign in the World Squash Championships with a breezy win over USA’s Faraz Khan at Cairo. World No. 36 Tandon, who gained a direct entry into the tournament, emerged a 11-1 11-3 11-3 winner in the first round, dismantling Khan, world No. 57, in just 13 minutes.

Tandon, the lone Indian in the fray at the World Squash Championships, will face seventh seed Mohamed El Shorbagy of England, a 10-time medallist in the Worlds, in the second round on Sunday.

What’s on today?

  • Chess: D Gukesh, fresh from his FIDE Candidates win, is in action at the Superbet Rapid and Blitz chess tournament in Warsaw, alongside R Praggnanandhaa and Arjun Erigaisi.

  • Wrestling: The World Olympic Wrestling Qualifiers continue in Istanbul, with the men’s freestyle wrestlers like Deepak Punia and Aman Sehrawat having their last chance to qualify for the Olympics.

What happened yesterday?

  • Nisha Dahiya secured India’s fifth wrestling quota for Paris Olympic

  • Neeraj Chopra finished a narrow second in season-opening Diamond League

  • Delhi court framed sexual harassment charges against former Wrestling Federation of India chief

  • Mumbai City FC head coach Petr Kratky’s contract was extended

  • Chess: Gukesh rediscovers form, Pragg moves to (joint) third, Carlsen takes lead

You can read the details of yesterday’s events here.


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