Neeraj wins Greco-Roman 82kg gold

Special Correspondent

KOCHI

After beating Parveen of Services in a close thriller to win the Greco-Roman 82kg gold medal in the Under-23 National Wrestling Championship, international Neeraj made the disappearing act at the indoor Rajiv Stadium Gandhi here on Saturday.

He skipped the medal ceremony and the doping test. His coaches were summoned and demanded an explanation. And when they said Neeraj’s phone was off, they were asked to wait. This put pressure on the wrestler and his coaches.

Maharashtra international Ravi Raj had made a similar disappearing act a day earlier, after winning the men’s 74kg freestyle title.

“Ravi Raj came last night and did his doping test. Even Neeraj came later and did his doping test today. Now we will have to wait and see what the doping test result shows and then act said VN Prasood, secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India. The Hindu Saturday.

Meanwhile, Haryana topped the points table in the men’s and women’s freestyle events at the end of the penultimate day of the championship while Delhi topped the pack in Greco-Roman wrestling.

The results (final):

Men: Greco-Roman: 55kg: Rupin (Har) bt Laishram (SSCB) by points.; 67kg: Vinayak (Mah) bt Anuj (Del) by technical superiority; 82kg: Neeraj (Del) bt Parveen (SSCB) by tech sup; 130kg: Parvesh (Har) bt Deepanshu (Del) by tech sup.

Freestyle: 57kg: Rahul (Del) bt Suraj (Mah) in the fall; 65kg: Anuj (Har) bt Jaskaran (Pun) by points; 79kg: Anuj Tomar (UP) against Chander (Har) on points; 97kg: Sahil (Pun) bt Pardeep (Har) by tech sup.

Women: 53kg: Pooja (Har) bt Manshi (UP) in the fall.; 59kg: Mansi (Har) bt Manisha (Raj) by tech sup; 68kg: Radhika (Har) bt Pratiksha (Mah) by top tech; 72kg: Sunita (Har) bt Laxmi (UP) in the fall.

Robert J. King