Foreign Greco-Roman wrestling coach of India Kasarashvili sacked after grapplers failed to qualify for Olympics

Kasarashvili’s contract was to last until the end of the Tokyo Olympics, but no Greco-Roman wrestler managed to qualify for the event.

Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers failed to qualify for the Olympics during the world qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo PTI)

STRONG POINTS

  • SAI said the decision was made on the recommendation of WFI
  • No Greco-Roman Indian wrestler has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics this year
  • Kasarashvili’s contract was due to end after the Olympics

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Friday it had relieved foreign Greco-Roman wrestling coach Temo Kasarashvili after no Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. SAI said the decision was made on the recommendation of the Wrestling Federation of India.

“The Sports Authority of India (SAI) relieved foreign wrestling coach Temo Kasarashvili from his contract after no Indian Greco-Roman grappler qualified for the Olympics,” SAI said in a press release.

“The decision was made on a recommendation from the Wrestling Federation of India. His contract with SAI was from February 2019 until the Olympics,” he said.

While eight Indian acrobatic wrestlers qualified for the Olympics, no Greco-Roman wrestler was selected for the event. In the recent world Olympic qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria, none of the country’s Greco-Roman wrestlers managed to secure an Olympic spot.

Ashu (67 kg), Gurpreet Singh (77 kg), Sunil Kumar (87 kg) and Deepanshu (97 kg) lost in the first round. Meanwhile, Sachin Rana (60kg) was forced to retire due to illness while Naveen Kumar (130kg) was unable to take the mat after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his bout of opening.

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