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.
Some prominent public figures took to Twitter and congratulated the female wrestler on winning an Olympic gold medal but took down their tweets later.
A Twitter user with the handle ‘@Khayyum28161‘ tweeted the viral image with the caption –
— Khayyum@2816 (@Khayyum28161) July 25, 2021
— muscleupwithshubhamsajwan (@muscleupwiths2) July 25, 2021
After Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics in women’s weightlifting category, and now wrestler Priya Malik has won a gold medal at the #Tokyo2020 Olympics.
Three cheers to the women of India 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Jglc2tAVrZ
— Rajika Kacheria (@rajikakacheria) July 25, 2021
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.
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.
— DD News (@DDNewslive) July 25, 2021
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.
— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) July 25, 2021
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also congratulated Priya for bringing laurels to India by bagging gold at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship.
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
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.
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