Ravi Dahiya to compete in two different weight classes until Paris Olympics


Tokyo Olympics silver medallist wrestler Ravi Dahiya has revealed that he will compete in both 57kg as well 61kg weight classes in all the events leading up to the Paris Olympics Games in 2024, which include the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games later this year.

Coming off of a 61kg gold medal finish in the Yasar Dogu Ranking Series event in Istanbul in February, followed by his second gold of the year in the 57kg event at the Asian championship in Ulaanbaatar, Ravi Dahiya says he will bounce back and forth between the two weight classes before the Paris 2024 games, for which he plans to compete in 57 kg, in which he won silver in Tokyo last year.

“I will compete in 57kg in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games as 61kg is not there in both the games. I will stick to 57kg for the Paris Olympics as well. Next year there will be qualifying events for that,” Dahiya told Sportstar, “Overall, I will participate in bigger events in 57kg and in exposure events in 61kg. This will put less pressure on my body. If you reduce weight regularly, then it increases the chances of injury. Competing in 61kg helps in getting exposure without risking injury.”

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham from 28th July to 8th August and will be followed by the 2022 Asian Games which will head for Hangzhou between 10th to 25th September.

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