The week starts off with yet another delightful news – judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in summer, thus becoming the first Indian judoka to make the cut for the Rio Games.
The 24-year-old athlete has bagged the continental quota in the 90kg category of the event by virtue of his consistent praiseworthy performances that fetched 182 valuable points and put him ahead in contention for the coveted Olympic seat.
Eventually, the final rankings that have just been released by the International Judo Federation placed him in the 79th position, high enough to see him board the Indian bandwagon headed for Rio 2016.
Much of the current achievement can be accredited to his impressive show at the Asian Championships 2016 which was held in Tashkent in April. At the tournament, he had defeated China’s Rigede Bu to reach the semi-final stages where he then went down to Tajikistan’s Komronshokh Ustopiriyon to contest for the repechage.
In the repechage rounds, he succeeded in overpowering Iranian Saeed Moradi before losing the last bout against another Chinese, Xunzhao Cheng. Now his ticket confirmed, this JSW Sports-supported judoka will have all his countrymen’s hopes pinned on him to earn more glory for India at the Rio Olympics 2016.Published 16 May 2016, 16:37 IST