Tribune News Service
Sonepat, June 18
Local sportspersons have given Sonepat a reason to cheer with six of them making it to the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to begin on July 23.
Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh said a total of 30 players from the state had secured berth in the Indian hockey, wrestling, boxing, shooting and athletic teams.
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With the selection of six players — four hockey and two wrestling — Sonepat district is at the top, followed by Kurukshetra and Jhajjar.
Monika Malik (Gamri village), Nisha (West Ram Nagar), Neha (Arya Nagar) and Sumit (Kurar village) have secured place in the hockey teams, while Sonam Malik (Madina village) and Ravi Dahiya (Nahri village) have qualified in wrestling.
Four players each are from Kurukshetra and Jhajjar, while three each are from Hisar, Rohtak and Bhiwani. Nine state players have been selected in the women’s hockey team. They are Rani Rampal, Navjot Kaur and Navneet Kaur (Kurukshetra), Monika Malik, Neha Goyal and Nisha (Sonepat), Sharmila and Udita (Hisar) and Savita Poonia (Sirsa). Surender Kumar (Kurukshetra) and Sumit (Sonepat) have made it to men’s hockey team.
Eight wrestlers who secured the Olympic berth are Vinesh Phogat (Charkhi Dadri), Anshu (Jind), Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia (Jhajjar), Sonam and Ravi Kumar (Sonepat), Sumit and Seema (Rohtak).
Among boxers are Amit (Rohtak), Vikas, Manish and Pooja (Bhiwani).
In shooting, Abhishek (Palwal), Yashaswini (Panchkula), Manu Bhaker (Jhajjar) and Sanjeev (Yamunanagar) have been selected. Besides, three athletes — Neeraj (Panipat), Sandeep (Mahendragarh) and Rahul (Jhajjar) – are among the Tokyo qualifiers.
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