Please let us compete in Paris, we need mental peace before Olympics: Women quota winners

New Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Paris Games quota-winning women wrestlers on Friday pleaded with the national federation not to subject them to selection trials, saying that every single step they take and every little thing they do from now on will have a bearing on India’s medal chances at the Olympics.

Anshu Malik, India’s first female wrestler to reach the senior World Championships final in 2021, said all they need now is “mental peace” to prepare for the Games.

If selected, it will be 22-year-old Anshu’s second shot at an Olympic medal, having competed at the Tokyo Games. She had exceeded expectations by locking a quota in women’s 57kg category as a 17-year old but lack of big-stage experience meant that she crashed out in the first round.

However, the attacking wrestler from Nidani village has made tremendous progress since then, winning a historic Worlds silver and four Asian Championships medals.

She missed the Asian Games due to a knee injury she suffered during the Asian Championships last year and fears that putting her body under pressure so close to the Games may spoil her preparations.

“We have to be very, very careful with every little thing we do. We are cautious in every single step we take from here on. I have competed at a number of competitions in the recent past, international events, nationals, trials and then the Qualifiers, so I am not required to be assessed on fitness through trials,” Anshu told

Source: PTI News


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