Asian Games 2018: Bajrang, Vinesh in focus as wrestlers eye medals

first_imgWrestlers will be in focus as India begin their campaign at Asian Games 2018.India are eyeing a rich medal haul and wrestlers are going to be vital for them to have a successful campaign at the quadrennial event.Rising star Bajrang Punia and confidence-personified Vinesh Phogat will lead the Indian charge on the wrestling mat.Meanwhile, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has a point to prove when the freestyle competition begins on Sunday.Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik will also gun for her first medal in the Asian Games after winning a bronze in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year.Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony LiveFive of the six Indian men’s freestyle wrestlers will be in action on Sunday with CWG gold medallist Bajrang opening his campaign in the 65kg category against Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov.The men’s Greco Roman and women’s competition will begin from Monday.Bajrang is coming into the Asian Games after winning three consecutive gold medals — CWG (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul) — and will be an outright favourite to claim the yellow metal.In contrast, Sushil, India’s only athlete with two individual Olympic medals, is entering the field after losing his first bout in four years — in Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia last month — but sounded confident ahead of the competition.Indian coaches said the competition is as tough as Olympics since mostly Asian wrestlers dominate the mat at big sporting events.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGEadvertisement”You have to make a decision about your move and attack in split second. It will be very tough. But our boys and girls have prepared well. They have trained hard in the last one year. No rest, no gap,” India’s men’s freestyle national coach Jagmander Singh told PTI.”It’s never easy at the Asian Games. It’s of the same level as in Olympics. The Japanese girls mostly lift the World Championship title and they are all here,” Singh added.National Greco Roman coach Kuldeep Singh said Harpreet Singh (87kg) is India’s best medal bet in Greco Roman style.Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online”Harpreet has got a good draw. He has worked really hard and showed immense improvement during training. He should get a medal this time,” he said.He also sounded confident about chances of Bajrang, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.”Japan and Iran have strong wrestlers but they are in the other half. Bajrang has defeated the Iranians before but he will not clash with them before semifinals. It will all depend on his defending skills in the later stages.”Sushil has got a tough draw but he is a strong and smart wrestler. It will not be easy for him but he will manage,” Kuldeep said.INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL SQUADWomen’s coach, also named Kuldeep Singh, said CWG gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, who will compete in the 50kg category, has got a good draw as the strong Japanese rival (Yuki Irie) is in the other half.However, Chinese Sun Yanan, to whom Vinesh had lost in Rio Olympics and also suffered a terrible leg injury is in her half.”Pinki should do something this time. She just has to beat the Mongolian girl (Sumiya Erdenechimeg) and she can win medal. Sakshi has to deal with just that Korean (Jong Sim Rim) initially since strong Mongolian and Japanese are in the other half.”In the last Asian Games, India had returned with five medals with Yogeshwar Dutt being the lone gold medallist.”We will have a better medal tally this time,” asserted men’s freestyle coach Jagmander.Indian Squad: Men’s Freestyle Team: Sandeep Tomar (57 kg), Bajrang Punia (65 kg), Sushil Kumar (74 kg), Pawan Kumar (86 kg), Mausam Khatri (97 kg) and Sumit Malik (125 kg).Greco-Roman: Gyanender (59 kg), Manish (67 kg), Gurpreet Singh (77 kg), Harpreet Singh (87 kg), Hardeep Singh (97 kg) and Naveen (130 kg).Women’s Freestyle Team: Sakshi Malik (62 kg), Vinesh Phogat (50 kg), Pinki (53 kg), Pooja Dhanda (57 kg), Divya Kakran (68 kg) and Kiran (72 kg).last_img read more

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Arsenal braced as Manchester City prepare final push for Alexis Sánchez

first_imgShare via Email Liverpool agree £40m Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deal and pursue Thomas Lemar Share on LinkedIn Topics Arsenal Share on Facebook Transfer window Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Pep Guardiola worked with Sánchez at Barcelona during the 2011-12 season and he has made it plain to the City hierarchy that he wants a reunion with him. They are keen to oblige. Raheem Sterling, the City forward, was mentioned on Tuesday as a possible makeweight in the deal but that will not happen. Sánchez is in Chile, preparing for his country’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Thursday night. Wenger has agreed to let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join Liverpool for £40m while he will try to move out Lucas Pérez and Joel Campbell on deadline day. The latter does not want another loan but he might have to accept such a move. Shkodran Mustafi is set to stay at Arsenal, after talks over a possible move to Internazionale broke down.A move for Jean Michaël Seri, the €40m-rated Ivory Coast international who saw a proposed move to Barcelona collapse last week, is now not expected to materialise despite Wenger being keen to sign a long-term replacement for Santi Cazorla. Arsenal will go into transfer deadline day on tenterhooks over Alexis Sánchez, with Manchester City hopeful that an improved bid will persuade the London club to sell their star player.Arsenal have softened their stance slightly over Sánchez in the past 24 hours or so and City feel that they have been given some encouragement in their summer-long pursuit of the striker. But it would still take a huge offer to get the deal over the line and, more significantly, Arsenal would have to bring in a replacement player, which promises to be complicated. Serge Aurier given Home Office clearance to sign for Tottenham Share on Twitter news Read more Read more Manchester City They have an interest in Monaco’s left-sided attacker Thomas Lemar, for whom they have made three unsuccessful bids this summer – the most expensive of which was worth €50m. Last Thursday, Arsène Wenger described the deal as being “dead” because Monaco had “closed the door”. If Arsenal could somehow prise it open and land Lemar, the 21-year-old France international who is also wanted by Liverpool, they could then be receptive to City’s overtures for Sánchez – who has one season left on his contract and wants to go to the Etihad Stadium.Monaco have been steadfast in their refusal to do business over Lemar and it could be that Arsenal have to stretch themselves to something around €80m simply to make them consider the sale.City intend to make a persuasive pitch for Sánchez, having seen an opening offer of £50m rejected on Tuesday. It is likely to take £70m or more to locate Arsenal’s tipping point on Sánchez but, as City have often proved, they have the financial means to break through any impasse. Significantly, after Tuesday’s negotiations, they believe that there is a tipping point. Alexis Sánchez Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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