National champion Sandeep Singh Mann (74kg) failed to qualify for the Olympic Games at the Asian Qualifiers in Almaty on Sunday, keeping veteran Sushil Kumar’s Tokyo hopes alive in the weight category.
Also missing out on qualification was Satywart Kadiyan (97kg) and Sumit Malik (125kg) in the three-day competition that concluded on Sunday.
All those who missed out have one last chance to make the cut for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games at the World Olympic Qualifiers, scheduled to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from May 6-9.
Young guns Sonam Malik and Anshu Malik were the only ones to qualify for the Games in Almaty, taking the country’s quota in women’s wrestling to three.
Sandeep began his campaign by beating Qatar’s Abdullrahman Ibrahim in the qualification match and followed that up by defeating Tajikistan’s…