Indian Judo player Avatar Singh qualifies for Rio Olympics

Pavan Suresh / 04 June 2016
Indian Judo player Avatar Singh qualifies for Rio Olympics

Indian Judo player Avatar Singh has qualified for Rio Olympics in the 90 Kg weight category according to the list released by International Judo Federation under the continental quota, “The Judo Federation of India, President Mukesh Kumar said.

Avatar Singh has been doing well in Judo by winning the gold medal in South Asian Games held in February this year. He did the country proud by winning a bronze medal in 2011 Asian Junior Judo Championship. He became the first Indian judo player to qualify for Olympic event.

Singh had participated in just six events from May 2015 to May 2016 because of problems with the Indian Federation for getting funds not allowing him not to travel to abroad. At the Asian Judo Championship in April 2016, Avatar Singh reached the semi-finals of the tournament before losing to Tajistkan Komronshokh. After that, he defeated Iran Saeed Moradi in the repechage round before losing to Chinese Judo player to finish 5th in the tournament.

Because of overall improvement in his performances, Avatar Singh rankings have improved from 200th to 79th. Working as an assistant sub inspector Police for Punjab, this performance has shown that with hard work and dedication, the Indians can excel in every sport.

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