Born in Punjab’s Tarn-Taran and now representing Australia in Wrestling, National Gold medalist Rupinder Kaur is set to represent Australia at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, slated from September 17 to 27, as announced by the Australian Olympic Committee today with a list of 18 athlete’s for the first time. While Rupinder plans her wrestling expedition with yet another Games in coming September, Ritu Phogat is likely to be a tough contender for the National Gold medalist in Ashgabat 2017.

With the participation of 63 countries from around the world, India would also be sending its squad to represent the country in various sports. In the given weight category for wrestling,  Ritu Phogat is one of the strong contenders who recently scored a Bronze in Asian Championships 2017 over passing China’s Yanan Sun by injury default. In the quarterfinal round, Ritu dominated over Korea’s Yeo Jin Kim with a victory by technical superiority. On the other hand, Rupinder has bagged six Australian Cups and a Gold in Australian Nationals, however, Rupinder went down to African rival Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio by 3-8 that marked a stopover at her Commonwealth Games journey in the quarterfinal round, 2014.

Ashgabat 2017 will welcome athletes from the National Olympic Committees of Asia and Oceania to participate in the Games, being conducted for the fifth time participating in 21 different sports across 15 different venues. The Australian Olympic Committee has announced a squad of 18 athletes for the first time that would represent the country in weightlifting, wrestling and taekwondo including the participation of Australian National Gold medalist Rupinder Kaur in 48 kg weight category.

Innate wrestler and a mother of one, can now see her sweat turning into diamonds with the recent announcement of Australian squad. Bagged six Australian cups and having participated in Commonwealth Games 2014, Rupinder is working hard to earn a title in the field of wrestling. However, the list from India seems challenging for the Australian wrestler with her dream to bag one more title to her kitty. Earlier this year, Rupinder Kaur also expressed her desire to participate in Pro Wrestling League.

First Published | 3 July 2017 11:05 PM
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