Did wrestler Priya Malik win gold for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

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A photograph of wrestler Priya Malik rejoicing and being carried by her coaches out of sheer merriment is doing rounds on various social media platforms.

Claim: Many social media users are circulating the photo with the claim that wrestler Priya Malik has won gold for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in wrestling.

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Some prominent public figures took to Twitter and congratulated the female wrestler on winning an Olympic gold medal but took down their tweets later.

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A Twitter user with the handle ‘@Khayyum28161‘ tweeted the viral image with the caption –

“Congrats #priyamalik for winning first gold medal for india in #TokyoOlympics #TokyoOlympics2021″

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Several Facebook users also posted the viral photograph with the claim that wrestler Priya Malik has won gold for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Truth

The viral claim is misleading. Priya Malik won Gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary, not at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

With the entire nation optimistic about India’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics, social media users confused Priya’s gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship for the Tokyo Olympics.

Wrestler Priya Malik did win a gold medal but not at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She bagged gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary, after registering a resounding victory (5-0) against Belarus’ Kseniya Patapovich in the 73kg weight category.

 

During our investigation, we found a tweet from DD News. In the tweet, DD News congratulated Priya Malik for winning gold in the 73 kg category of the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also congratulated Priya for bringing laurels to India by bagging gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship.

 

(Photo: Screengrab/THE TIMES OF INDIA)

 

(Photo: Screengrab/The Indian EXPRESS)

 

We also came across several news reports filed by various news media organisations pertaining to Priya Malik’s historic victory at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary. The news reports related to her victory can be accessed here here

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Therefore, the viral claim that wrestler Priya Malik won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is false. She clinched gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship organised in Budapest, Hungary.

 

Rupesh Kumar

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Rupesh Kumar

A Journalism student at Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, who writes out of sheer avidity and has a nose for news, seeking to leverage skills to contribute to high-quality journalism.