Ts.Namuuntsetseg and O.Burmaa misses their chances for Olympic qualifications
The first Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament to Rio 2016 in freestyle wrestling was held at Buyant-Ukhaa Sports Palace in Ulaanbaatar from April 22 to 24.
More than 500 wrestlers from 80 countries competed for Olympic quotas. From Mongolia, Asian champion D.Khuderbulga (men’s 97 kg), International Sports Master Ts.Namuuntsetseg (women’s 48 kg), and State Honored Athlete O.Burmaa (women’s 75 kg) competed in the tournament for Olympic quotas.
On April 23, Ts.Namuutsetseg and O.Burmaa lost to their opponents, and were not able to win Olympic quotas. During the tournament, senior coach of the Mongolian national women’s wrestling team and State Honored Coach B.Batbayar gave an interview to Eagle.mn.
You believed that Ts.Namuuntsetseg and O.Burmaa would win Olympic quotas. What do you think about their performance?
Mongolian wrestlers except Ts.Namuuntsetseg, O.Burmaa and D.Khuderbulga have won Olympic qualification in every weight category. We competed in this tournament with a purpose to take Olympic quotas, but we didn’t fulfill our goal. I think Ts.Namuuntsetseg and O.Burmaa tried their best. O.Burmaa made a technical error. But I don’t blame her.
For Ts.Namuuntsetseg, she has lack of experience from international tournaments. She has a chance to become an Olympic and world champion if she improves her skills and technique.
The Olympic qualification tournament is taking place in Mongolia for the first time. Do you think that Mongolian athletes were psychologically well prepared because the tournament is taking place in their home country?
Yes, they were. Everything was on our side. Unfortunately, we didn’t use that chance. I want to apologize to all Mongolians who love freestyle wrestling.
At the tournament, O.Burmaa competed against silver and bronze medalist of the World Championship Ekaterina Bukina. I think they competed against each other several times before?
They wrestled against each other four times. O.Burmaa defeated her once. Bukina has been beating her after that time. Bukina gets tired at the end of the event. O.Burmaa was trying to get her tired. But she lost.
State Honored Athlete O.Burmaa got a shoulder injury last year. Do you think that the injury might have affected her at this tournament?
Her injury has healed. She had a very risky surgery. I am glad she is well now. O.Burmaa is becoming powerful again; she has been gaining momentum since the National Wrestling Championship and Mongolia Open international tournament.
How did you choose the team for the Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament to Rio 2016?
We chose athletes through the decision of the coaches’ council. We had a plan to let Ts.Namuutsetseg compete in the Asian Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament, which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan in March. Coach Ts.Bayarsaikhan advised Ts.Namuuntsetseg to skip that tournament.
The second Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament will be held in Istanbul, Turkey from May 6 to 8. Who will compete in the last Olympic qualification tournament?
We haven’t decided yet. We review wrestlers’ skills, technique and achievements from international tournaments and training. We will select the team after review.
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