Rio de Janiero, Aug 18: Indian female wrestler Babita Kumari would be in action today at the Round of 16 of Women’s Wrestling 53 kg category at Rio Olympics 2016. Babita Kumari would take on Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki in the pre-quarter round. Babita Kumari, along with Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, was the only athlete to qualify for women’s freestyle wrestling at Rio Olympics 2016. India.com brings to you all the live updates from the match. The match would start live at 7:10 PM. Stay tuned for all the live action. The latest updates and live score from the match would be updates here in realtime. (ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016 India: Schedule, Fixtures of Events in IST)
Babita Kumari’s bout at Rio Olympics 2016 comes at a time when there is a sense of optimism within the Indian contingent. On Wednesday, Sakshi Malik secured the bronze medal in women’s freestyle 68 kg event. If Kumari succeeds in winning the match against Maria Prevolaraki, she would move into the quarterfinal round, which would be held later in the day (Friday midnight as per Indian standard time). Stay tuned with India.com for all live updates related to women’s wresting event. Ahead of the match between Babita Kumari and Maria Pervolaraki, critics are equally divided. While Maria has won the gold at 2013 Mediterranean Games, Kumari has also secured the top position in 2014 Commonwealth Games. (ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016 LIVE Updates, 18th Aug, Day 13)
Babita Kumari hails from Bhiwani region in Haryana. The 26-year-old grappler is the younger sister of the first Indian wrestler who competed in Olympics, Geeta Phogat. The former Olympian is optimistic about Babita’s victory in today’s bout, claiming that her strength is scoring points in the death. It would be interesting to see whether Babita Kumar could live up to the expectations. Stay tuned for all the live updates here.