India’s Greco-Roman wrestling foreign coach Kasarashvili sacked after grapplers fail to qualify for Olympics

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

UPDATED: June 11, 2021 17:14 IST

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Friday that it has relieved foreign Greco-roman wrestling coach Temo Kasarashvili after no Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. SAI said that the decision has been made upon recommendation from the Wrestling Federation of India

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“Sports Authority of India (SAI) has relieved foreign wrestling coach Temo Kasarashvili of his contract after no Indian Greco-Roman grappler secured Olympic Games qualification,” said SAI in a statement.

“The decision was taken following a recommendation from the Wrestling Federation of India. His contract with SAI was from February 2019 till the Olympics,” it said.

While eight Indian freestyle wrestlers qualified for the Olympics, no Greco-Roman wrestler made the cut for the event. At the recent World Olympic qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria, none of the country’s Greco-Roman wrestlers managed to earn an Olympic spot.

Ashu (67kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg) Sunil Kumar (87kg) and Deepanshu (97kg) lost in the opening round. Meanwhile, Sachin Rana (60kg) was forced to pull out due to illness while Naveen Kumar (130kg) couldn’t take the mat after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his opening bout.


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