India’s Bajrang Punia has regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65kg freestyle category, as per the latest rankings issued by United World Wrestling on April 17, 2019.
The 25-year-old, who had won gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games and a silver in the World Championships in 2018, secured 58 ranking points ahead of Akhmed Chakaev of Russia, who has 21 points.
Punia was born in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father. In 2015, his family moved to Sonepat so that he can attend a regional center of Sports Authority of India.
At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, he had won the silver medal in the Men’s freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-3 to Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran. At the Asian Wrestling Championships in 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan, Punia had won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, losing 0-4 to Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran.
The Wrestler then continued his gold-winning streak by winning the gold in men’s freestyle 65 kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast, Australia.
The PHF was fined for not sending the national team for the Pro League matches in Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. While confirming the fine, the cash-strapped Pakistan Hockey Federation has stated that it is in no position to pay the penalty.
Pakistan is the most successful national field hockey team in the Hockey World Cup with four championships: 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994. Pakistan also has the best overall performance in World Cup history in both proportional and absolute terms with 53 victories in 84 matches played, seven-time draws, six appearances in the finals and only 24 losses.