Tokyo Olympics-linked Indian wrestler Sumit Malik to miss action for three weeks with injury


Indian wrestler Sumit Malik, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago, will be out for nearly three weeks with a knee injury.

The 28-year-old beat Venezuelan Jose Diaz of Venezuela 5-0 for a place in the world Olympic qualifying final in Sofia last week. This earned him a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics in the 125 kg freestyle category.

Sumit Malik suffered a knee injury during the Asian Olympic qualifiers in Almaty last month and has resurfaced once again in the world qualifiers. The injury got so worse that he had to forfeit his opponent, Russian Sergei Kozyrev, in the final.

By then, the Indian had secured his place in the Tokyo Olympics by winning his fight in the semi-finals.

Sumit Malik’s coach Vijender Singh believes he will be fine by the second week of June. With the Games scheduled for July 23 through August 8, Singh is optimistic that Malik will be eager to go when the Olympics arrive.

“Since Malik is injured, he won’t be training for three weeks. We hope he will recover from his knee injury by the first or, perhaps, the second week of June. It is important for him to fully recover as the Olympics are fast approaching, ”Vijender told IANS.

Sumit Malik injured his knee in early April

Vijender revealed that the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist injured his knee in early April. He also added that since the world qualifiers were the last event to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, Sumit Malik went all out for the win.

However, after his semifinal victory, Malik’s pain became unbearable and he decided to miss the clash at the top. According to Vijender, Sumit Malik had somewhat managed to recover in the gap between the events of Almaty and Sofia.

But he will now undergo proper rehabilitation ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.


Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee


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