Pakistani wrestlers fail to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics

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SOFIA, Bulgaria: Pakistani wrestlers Mohammad Bilal and Haroon Abid failed to qualify for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics when they lost their fights at different stages of their respective weight categories competitions of the World Olympic Games Qualifiers here on Thursday.

Bilal started his 57 kg journey brightly when he overcame Anatolii Buruian of Moldova 9-6 in the qualification round. Bilal, however, then went down to Giorgi Edishera Shvili of Azerbaijan 6-2 in the round of 16 to face an exit.

Meanwhile Haroon Abid lost to Timofei Xenidis of Greece in the first round of the 97 kg competition 11-0 and was exited. “You know we did come here due to great effort of the Pakistan Wrestling Federation’s (PWF),” Bilal told from Bulgaria.

“I was very much tired but did well against the Moldova player who I beat and then also did well against a tough grappler of Azerbaijan,” Bilal said.

This was the final qualification event. Pakistan had missed the World Championship in 2019 due to financial issues and failed to give a breakthrough in the both the Asian Qualifiers last month in Almaty and now exited in the World Qualifiers.