Big Concern for Indian Wrestling ahead of Paris Olympics, Anshu Malik complains of shoulder strain

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Anshu Malik

Indian wrestler Anshu Malik, a strong medal contender at the Paris 2024 Olympics, has suffered a left shoulder strain during training. Anshu secured her Paris 2024 quota in the women’s 57kg freestyle category from the Asian wrestling Olympic Qualifiers in April this year.

Anshu Malik’s injury

Following her success in Budapest, she returned to her training base at Mirchpur Academy in Haryana, where she experienced discomfort in her left shoulder during a practice session.

Despite this setback, her father and coach, Dharamveer Malik, reassures that there is no cause for concern. Anshu underwent an MRI, which showed no significant issues, and she has resumed training.

“She stopped training as a precautionary measure but has since resumed light training sessions,” Dharamveer Malik said.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) closely monitors her progress. If fit to wrestle, Anshu will participate in her second Olympic Games, following her debut at Tokyo 2020. However, the WFI has until July 8 to change nominations if any fitness concerns persist.

India is slated to field six wrestlers at the Games, with high expectations surrounding Anshu Malik’s performance alongside seasoned athletes like Vinesh Phogat. The National Sports Federations (NSFs) have until July 8 to finalize their nominations, with India eyeing multiple medals in wrestling this Olympic season.

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