India’s loss is Australia’s gain: Haryani wrestler to represent Down Under at Rio Olympics

31-year-old grappler Vinod Kumar Dahiya qualifies in the 66-kg weight category in the Greco-Roman event

India At Large staff

Indian origin wrestler Vinod Kumar Dahiya is all set to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics after he qualified in the 66kg weight category in the Greco-Roman event.

According to the official website, Dahiya, who originally hails from Khanda, a small village in Haryana, became a citizen of Australia a year ago and is now all set to make his debut at the Olympics, to be held in August this year.

The 31-year-old grappler secured an Olympic berth after winning a silver medal at the African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Algeria.

Following the footsteps of his older brothers, Vinod started wrestling at age of eight. Seeing his potential, Dahiya’s family sent him to Mahabali Satpal’s wrestling academy in New Delhi in 1998.

Thereafter, he participated in state and national competitions for four years. He also competed in the popular Indian sport of dirt wrestling.

Dahiya migrated to Australia in 2010, where he started training at the United Wrestling Club under former Wresting Australia President, Kuldip Bassi.

Based in Victoria, Dahiya has so far claimed six national championships and countless medals at the Australia Cup and Canberra Cup tournaments.

He represented the green and gold for the first time at the Oceania Championships in New Zealand in March, where he bagged the gold medal.

Pic courtesy: Reuters


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