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Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 15:35
Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 begins in India
By Xinhua
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 15:35 By Xinhua

Jahongir Turdiev (R) of Uzbekistan competes against Uzur Dzhuzupbekov of Kyrgyzstan during the men's Greco-Roman style 97kg wrestling competition at the 2019 Wrestling Senior Asian Championships in Xian in China's northern Shaanxi province on April 28, 2019. (STR / AFP)

NEW DELHI - Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 started Tuesday in India.

The championship began at the KD Jadhav Wrestling Stadium in New Delhi, the capital city of India.

The tournament will be played in three categories - men's freeStyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling. On Tuesday the Greco Roman was played in various categories from 55 kg to 130 kg.

The tournament will be played in three categories - men's freeStyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling

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Over a dozen countries and regions are participating in the championship, officials said.

India's Sunil Kumar overpowered Azat Salidinov of Kyrgyzstan 5-0 in the 87kg summit bout to win India's first Greco-Roman gold medal.

The championship has been classified as a ranking tournament for the Tokyo Olympics by the United World Wrestling UWW - the global governing body of the sport.

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Initially, there was uncertainty over the participation of four Pakistani wrestlers and two officials due to political tension between India and Pakistan. However, they were granted visas for their participation in the tournament. Reports said the denial of visas to Pakistani wrestlers could have led to serious repercussions for India, including a possible ban on the Wrestling Federation of India by UWW, that too in an Olympic year.

India last hosted the championship in 2017.

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