ARJUN Gill, 23, of Surrey is one of seven male wrestlers who have been selected to represent Canada at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games that are being held from July 23 to August 3, the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil. He will be wrestling in the 97 kg weight category.
According to Wrestling Canada, “Gill enjoys outdoor activities and remembers winning the recent 2014 National Championships as his career highlight to date. Gill used to be coached by the late Randeep Sodhi, national and international wrestling champion who won gold at the 1997 Commonwealth Championships.”
Last March, The VOICE noted: “Back in 2010 [Sodhi] said this about Gill: “Arjun is an athletic and explosive wrestler. Success at the junior and senior level will depend on his work ethic over the next few years. He definitely has the skills to do well at 96 kg.” Gill has proved to be consistent.”
“Canada is looking to follow-up Canada’s impressive performance in Wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi India, with another strong showing,” said Team Canada Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc, on Sunday. “Performance is a priority for the XXth Commonwealth Games Canadian team; we expect great things from these athletes as the road to Rio passes through Glasgow.”
For men’s and women’s wrestling at Glasgow, a new weight class system is being used. The system features six new Olympic weight classes and one for non-Olympic weight classes. This new system is a result of the various changes introduced by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA). Wrestling Canada Lutte Executive Director and Team Canada Mission Staff Member Tamara Medwidsky anticipates solid results from this eager group of athletes.
“There is a high level of excitement and anticipation for the Commonwealth Games by our team,” says Medwidsky. “The team, including athletes, coaches and support staff, represents some of the best in Canadian wrestling. We go into the 2014 Games with high expectations in terms of performance and anticipate that the experience gained in Glasgow will be invaluable leading towards the preparation for TO2015 and the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Athletes and coaches nominated by Wrestling Canada Lutte to Team Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games were selected following a series of selection events including the 2014 Senior Canadian Championships and World Team Trials.
“Congratulations to the wrestling athletes who have earned spots on our 2014 Commonwealth Games Team,” said Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “We are proud to support sport and our athletes as they prepare to take the stage in one of the world’s largest sporting competitions. Congratulations on making the team, and good luck in your preparations leading up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”