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14th World Wrestling Championships 2017 at Paris, France

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On August 29,2017, without winning any medal India ended its campaign in 14th World Wrestling Championships (WWC) 2017 held at Paris, France. This is the second successive World Championship that Indian wrestlers have returned empty-handed (previous one was at Budapest, Hungary).

A strong 24-member Indian contingent did not just fail to make it to the podium but everyone lost in the initial rounds of their respective weight categories. None of the wrestlers could win two consecutive bouts in the main round.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh blamed the organisers saying that the lack of facilities in Paris resulted in wrestlers losing out on 15 days of training ahead of the mega-event.

World Wrestling Championships 2017Indian’s who participated in WWC,2017:

a) Women’s freestyle: Vinesh Phogat , Sakshi Malik ,Sheetal Tyagi, Lalita Sehrawat, Pooja Danda, Shilpi Sheoran, Navjot and Pooja

b) Men’s Greco Roman: Gyanender, Ravinder,Yogesh,Gurpreetsingh, Harpreetsingh, Naveen, Ravinder Khatri.

c) Men’s wrestling squad : Bajrang  Punia , Praveen Rana , Deepak , Sumit , Amit Dhankar, Kadiyan, and Satyawart Kadian.

Recent changes in WWC:

          On 26th august ,the United World Wrestling has added 79kg and 92kg to the existing Olympic and non-Olympic freestyle weight categories while opting for major changes in almost all the greco-roman weight divisions.  The sport’s apex body has released what the 10 weight classes will be in each style moving forward. The Olympic qualification system was also approved, with the World Championships getting six slots, Continental qualifiers (8) and a World Open (2) thereby 10 accounting for the 16 allotments. Continental championships will also be held. The United World Wrestling informed that freestyle will keep all their current Olympic and non-Olympic weight categories and will simply add 79kg and 92kg.


1)Men’s freestyle:

a)57 kg   –  Yuki Takahashi(Japan)

b)61 kg   –  Haji Aliyev(Azerbaijan)

c)65 kg    –  Zurabi Iakobishvili (Georgia)

d)70 kg    – Frank Chamizo( Italy)

e)74 kg      – Jordan Burroughs( United States)

f)86 kg       -Hassan Yazdani(Iran)

g)97 kg     – Kyle Snyder(US)

h)125 kg   -Geno Petriashvili (Georgia)

2) Men’s Greco-Roman:

a)59 kg  –  Kenichiro Fumita(Japan)

b)66 kg  – Ryu Han-su(South Korea)

c)71 kg  – Frank Stäbler(Germany)

d)75 kg  -Viktor Nemeš(Serbia)

e)80 kg  – Maksim Manukyan(Armenia)

f)85 kg –  Metehan Başar(Turkey)

g)98 kg – Artur Aleksanyan(Armenia)

h)130 kg – Rıza Kayaalp(Turkey)

3) Women’s freestyle

a)48 kg  –  Yui Susaki(Japan)

b)53 kg  – Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus)

c)55 kg  – Haruna Okuno(Japan)

d)58 kg – Helen Maroulis( United States)

e)60 kg – Risako Kawai (Japan)

f)63 kg  – Pürevdorjiin Orkhon (Mongolia)

g)69 kg – Sara Dosho (Japan)

h)75 kg – Yasemin Adar (Turkey)