Ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia is assured of a top-four seeding in the 65kg category at next year’s Tokyo Olympics even if he skips the last ranking series tournament, going by the latest world standings.
Punia’s compatriot Ravi Dahiya also seems set for a top-four billing in the 57kg category at the mega-event, which will be held from July 23 to August 8 next year.
Wrestling’s world governing body UWW announced the fresh rankings which placed Bajrang at number two in the 65kg category. Dahiya is fourth in the very competitive 57kg category.
Russian Olympic champion Gadhzimurad Rashidov leads the 65kg rankings. Four Points separate Rashidov (60), Punia (59) and Kazakshtan’s Daulet Niyazbekov (56) for the top seeding.
But the Russian and Indian wrestlers have such commanding leads over the field that they can sit out of…