CWG: Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt ready to rumble
Spearheaded by Olympic medallists will once again look to dominate, but the scrapping of Greco-Roman category will certainly affect the country's medal count when the grapplers start their campaign
Glasgow: Spearheaded by Olympic medallists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, Indian wrestlers will once again look to dominate, but the scrapping of Greco-Roman category will certainly affect the country's medal count when the grapplers start their campaign at the Commonwealth Games, here tomorrow.
At New Delhi 2010, Greco-Roman wrestlers grabbed seven (four gold, one silver and two bronze) out of 19 medals won by India. Even this time, the freestyle contingent looks very strong and is expected to add at least 10 medals to India's overall tally.
The last two years have seen Indian wrestling scaling new heights with Sushil's second Olympic medal after Beijing, a historic silver at the London Olympics in 2012 and Yogeshwar's bronze at the same event.
The two will lead India's campaign in new weight categories, after world body FILA dropped their respective categories in December last year, while tweaking 19 other divisions.
Sushil, has moved up from 66kg freestyle to 74kg, while Yogeshwar is up from 60kg to the 65kg category.
The other Indians in fray — Amit Kumar (57kg), Bajrang Poonia (61kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg) and Satywart Kadian (97kg) — are not affected by the change in the weight categories.