CWG 2026: Exit Of The Wrestling Is Shock For Country
India won a total of 22 gold medals in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Of these, 6, that is, every fourth gold medal was found in wrestling. One of our strongest sports is out in the next Commonwealth Games. These games are to be held in Victoria, Australia in 2026.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CWF) and Commonwealth Games Australia on 5 October announced the games to be included in the 2026 Commonwealth Games. The Games will comprise 26 events spanning a total of 20 sports, including 9 para-sports. Wrestling has not found a place in these games.
CWG 2026: India is the superpower of wrestling, But the exit of the game is a shock for the country
Wrestling has been India’s second-highest gold medalist sport after shooting at the Commonwealth Games.
India had topped the wrestling medal tally thrice out of the last four Commonwealth Games. Also, in the 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, out of India’s total 61 medals, 12 came from wrestling, out of which 6 were gold medals.
India has so far won a total of 114 medals including 49 Gold, 39 Silver, and 26 Bronze medals in Wrestling in CWG.
This is only the fourth time in the last 92 years since its inclusion in the first Commonwealth Games in 1930 that wrestling will not be a part of any CWG Games.
Australia’s poor record in wrestling, hence removed
Australia has a poor record in this game. In the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Australia finished first, winning 178 medals, but in wrestling, they could win only two bronze medals.
That is why Australia did not include wrestling for the 2026 CWG to be hosted by it. Wrestling also did not find a place in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games in Australia.